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Role nominated: Disgraced former president Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon"
Best known previously for: He's Frank Langella. Seriously, who doesn't know him? OK, Count Dracula in "Dracula" (1979)
How does it feel to get that first nomination? "I feel it's a validation of the work from the people who most understand what is required."
Is it different from other awards? "Yes, very different. The Oscar is the Everest of acting awards."
What do you think it was about that film -- and your role in particular -- that spoke to audiences? "I hope audiences feel a sense of compassion for a man who, after all, was the architect of his own downfall -- and perhaps see that that tendency exists in all of us."