As the Academy Awards inch closer, Movie Fanatic’s Oscar Watch delves deeper into the big categories and will predict our winner. Then, in the days prior to the biggest night in Hollywood, Oscar Watch will predict the winners in all 24 categories!
We start things off with the Best Supporting Actor category. First of all, here are our nominees.
We’re sensing a trend these last couple of years in terms of who the winner will be in this category.
In October of 2013, we saw Dallas Buyers Club and knew immediately that Jared Leto would win his first Oscar. And that came to be.
In October of 2014, we saw a certain movie, and knew immediately that there would be no other actor who would come close to this person who would easily win his first Academy Award.
Let’s break it down:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
We were honestly kind of surprised that Duvall was nominated for the lackluster The Judge. He turns in a powerful performance, sure, but we were shocked that his performance was deemed worthy of one of the five slots above some other candidates (that we explore in our Oscar snubs and surprises piece).
So, needless to say, we don’t think Duvall will win, although he is and has been one of our favorite actors and it will be a delight to see the old coot in the audience in his tux!
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Imagine making a movie over 12 years and finding that character for a couple of weeks every 52 weeks for over a decade? That was the task facing Ethan Hawke in Boyhood, and boy, did he hit it out of the park.
Discounting Duvall, in any other year, the remaining four actors could be thought to be neck and neck to win this thing. But, this is not any ordinary year. Hawke just needs to be happy that he has another Oscar nomination and a piece of work like Boyhood that he can be proud of.
Edward Norton, Birdman
If what Birdman star Michael Keaton does with his performance is considered a hurricane, then what Edward Norton does has to be a fierce tropical storm. He is powerful beyond words and comes in like a man possessed and over the course of the film, challenges Keaton, both onscreen and off, to turn in the finest role of his career.
In fact, Norton turns in the best performance of his career, too. But, alas, he won’t win this year either.
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
We were beyond thrilled to hear that Mark Ruffalo was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work on Foxcatcher. Honestly, he’s the best thing about the movie. Steve Carell may be the star, but this entire film does not work without the reserved and riveting turn from the man who is The Hulk. Will he win? Not likely.
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Your winner will be J.K. Simmons for Whiplash. The moment he arrives on the screen in the film and challenges Miles Teller’s drummer, you know it was on like Donkey Kong. Simmons has been a character actor that everybody adores that has been doing great work for decades.
Watch for his name to be called as the winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and prepare for a standing ovation. Seriously, everybody loves this guy and what he did with Whiplash is nothing short of a miracle.
Check out one of our nominees right now, and watch Boyhood online!
Who do you think will win Best Supporting Actor?