Oscar Watch: Who Will Win Best Supporting Actor?

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Last week Oscar Watch answered the question of who will win Best Supporting Actress. This week, we turn our attention to the guys and explore the nominees for Best Supporting Actor.

Dallas Buyers Club Jared Leto Matthew McConaughey

If there is one category to wager on, it is this one folks. Since Dallas Buyers Club came out, it has been a foregone conclusion that Jared Leto would win. He gave a powerhouse performance and it almost didn’t matter what came after -- although fellow nominees Bradley Cooper, Barkhad Abdi and Michael Fassbender may disagree!

Could there be an upset of Oscar epic proportions? Let’s take a look…

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
The moment Leto appeared on screen in Dallas Buyers Club, he commanded our attention. Simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring, his performance is one for the ages. After sweeping all the major awards, from the Golden Globes to the SAG Awards, it looks like there is no stopping Leto and his Oscar destiny.

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
From Minneapolis actor/filmmaker to Oscar nominee, Abdi has to be thrilled to get the nomination. And unfortunately he will embody the “it’s great just to be nominated” feeling in this category this year. Not just anyone can go toe-to-toe with Tom Hanks, and Abdi does it so brilliantly. Plus, he got to say a line that has become an iconic phrase from the film, “I am the captain now.”

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
The following three almost tie for second place in the voting, Oscar Watch predicts. In any other year, it is likely that Cooper could win. He is so all over the place emotionally in American Hustle, and that is exactly what his character requires. After his nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook and now American Hustle, we get the feeling it’s only a matter of time until we say, “Oscar winner Bradley Cooper.”

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
When 12 Years a Slave arrived in theaters, everyone thought Fassbender was the man to beat for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Unfortunately he ran into a brick wall called Jared Leto. His performance was largely what made 12 Years a Slave so difficult to watch. But then again, he was largely why we couldn’t look away.

The Wolf of Wall Street Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Some people were surprised that Hill scored his second nomination for Best Supporting Actor (after his role in Moneyball). Not us. He took the challenge of making a Martin Scorsese movie with The Wolf of Wall Street and ran with it… like a champion. It is the most un-Jonah Hill performance in his career, and like Cooper before, we think it is only a matter of time before Oscar winner is next to his name too.

Best Supporting Actor winner: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club.

And while we’re on the subject of winners of the Best Supporting Actor prize, why not check out one of the best in recent memory with Christoph Waltz and watch Inglourious Basterds online

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