Originally Posted by ThatDamnNinja
I've noticed a pattern of the studios, with superhero movies, with all major casting choices, skimming recent Oscar winners and nominees as their first resort. Mark Ruffalo had just been nominated for The Kids Are Alright. I'm 99% sure that's why they approached him.
Actually, he didn't get nominated until AFTER he got the gig. He was announced in the summer of '10, and the nominations came out in Jan. '11.