OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Supporting Actor

Updated: February 9, 2018

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Sam Rockwell
“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Has been long ignored despite outstanding roles in films like "Moon" and "Seven Psychopaths." Early word is very positive.
CONS:
It always looks like it's about to happen for him (i.e. "Conviction") but then he comes up empty.

2

Willem Dafoe
“The Florida Project” (A24)

PROS:
Veteran actor and two-time nominee ("Platoon" and "Shadow of the Vampire") that has always felt like "that guy" that will one day win an Oscar. Reviews are singling him out and this could be his year.
CONS:
Does the film have legs in other categories? With an expanded lineup, it's hard for an acting winner to be the only nod for their movie (last was Christopher Plummer in "Beginners").

3

Christopher Plummer
“All the Money in the World” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Replaced Kevin Spacey following his sexual assault allegations. Former Oscar-winner may be able to bring some attention to the film, sending a signal to all sexual predators out there.
CONS:
It's ambitious to film for one week, and still attempt to make their December release. Maybe the film is already a loss to Sony Pictures.

4

Woody Harrelson
“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Has had a terrific year with strong turns in "The Glass Castle," "War for the Planet of the Apes," and this. He may be able to rally support for one of them. Why not the Best Picture frontrunner?
CONS:
Sam Rockwell is going to eat up a lot of the votes. They haven't double dipped for men since "Bugsy."

5

Richard Jenkins
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Previous nominee for "The Visitor" is the beating heart of the film, offering a sensitive, touching performance. If the film catches on big, or Dafoe and Rockwell are splitting votes, he could come up the middle.
CONS:
Hasn't really won anything substantial. His time will come in the future.

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