There is Oscar Buzz
about for Steve Carell in his role as "Dan" in Dan In Real Life.
Carell plays a struggling widower, Dan Burns, an advice columnist who can't follow is own advice.
Catherine Estep from Planet Blacksburg
"The performances of the main characters are not only heart-felt, but also believable. The chemistry between Carell and (Juliette) Binoche’s characters is obvious from their first scene together, and never seems to die down throughout the film. Steve Carell shines throughout the movie, but props must also be given to Dane Cook, who also seems to possess skills in more serious rolls. Who knew that two of the funniest actors today could also be serious sometimes?"
Steve discusses his role here: