Johnny Depp is not the only actor I'm watching to see if he might score a 4th nomination in 2010.
Russell Crowe really kicked off the decade with a bang showing up at the Oscar ceremony three times for back-to-back critcally acclaimed performances (1999's The Insider, 2000's Gladiator, and 2001's A Beautiful Mind).
Since A Beautiful Mind, the actor has continued to pursue interesting work, but stayed out of the year's top 5 performances.
Every year I wait and watch for Crowe to return to a previous glory, but previous efforts have fallen short.
2010 is not a year packed full of contenders for Crowe, but it would appear his chance comes in Ridley Scott's adaptation of Robin Hood, where Crowe's incarnation will surely be a little more brawny then say the sequins clad Errol Flynn of the 1938 classic.
At this point, I don't count Crowe in early-on, but I certainly never count him out.
Could he get his 4th nomination on 2010? We'll see...but staring alongside Cate Blanchett (Maid Mairan) can't hurt.