Oscar Watch: Best Supporting Actor

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It's time for another installment of Oscar Watch!  This time, we're looking at Best Supporting Actor and predicting who we think will win big at Sunday's Oscar ceremony.

Christian Bale in The Fighter
Doug and Jem at Lunch
King George VI Getting Ready to Speak
Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right
John Hawkes in Winter's Bone

The Best Supporting Actor category has been predicted as a landslide since the beginning of Oscar season.  Christian Bale has won all pre-Oscar acting awards so far, so it would be pretty safe to bet he's going to be the big winner come Oscar night.

But, just in case, we'll look at all the nominees and then cast your vote to see who you think will take home the golden prize.

Christian Bale, The Fighter - Christian Bale gave an incredible performance in The Fighter as Dickie.  He did so much to prepare for this role, losing tons of weight and researching the character to understand how his mind works; but it was really his performance that makes him the one to beat in this category.  His dedication to the mannerisms and mindset of drug addicted Dickie really shows in his performance.

John Hawkes, Winter's Bone - John Hawkes seems like the wild card in all this, like the Academy was looking for any indie film to nominated and chose John Hawkes.  Not much has been said on his performance, but the film has a couple actors nominated, which makes sense as the acting in the film was very good. He doesn't have a chance at winning, but his nomination is award enough for his work in Winter's Bone.

Jeremy Renner, The Town - The Town is one of the most unsung movie of the year, so this nomination for Jeremy Renner seems to be representative of the entire movie.  Renner will more than likely not win, but recognition for his part in the movie is well deserved. He is only one of the cast who did a a superb job in the film and its nice to see him and the film recognized.

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right - Mark Ruffalo didn't do an unbelievable job in the role, but he was a solid character in a movie that's getting a lot of critical acclaim, so why not nominate him.  This is another one where it seemed like the right thing to do. 

- Geoffrey Rush is the only real competition for Christian Bale.  Rush won the BAFTA for his supporting role as Lionel Logue, speech therapist to King George VI.  Colin Firth is expected to win the award for his role as the King, but Rush gave a performance right on par with Firth, so it wouldn't be surprising if he won for his role in the unstoppable movie.



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