2015 Oscar Predictions - Best Supporting Actor

2015 Oscar Predictions – Best Supporting Actor

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The Judge(UPDATED: MARCH 18, 2014)

The supporting categories are open to lots of surprises where a performance can surprise a take some notice.  Think back to performances from Robert Downey, Jr., James Coburn, or almost Daniel Bruhl last year.  I’m anticipating the work of Mark Ruffalo in both “Foxcatcher” and “Can a Song Save Your Life?” which have both received early buzz from TIFF last year and Sony Pictures Classics reps.  Johnny Depp’s role was nominated for a Tony Award when “Into the Woods” was on Broadway and I believe the Academy may start to notice the genius of Oscar Isaac in one of his films this year (either “Mojave” or “The Two Faces of January”).

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
    Buzz began last year from test screenings who say him and Carell are the standouts.  His nomination for “The Kids Are All Right” started a train of love, that should have started back with “You Can Count on Me.”
  2. Edward Norton - Birdman
    Enter wildcard #1.  With Keaton on the table, this two-time nominee (I can’t believe he only has two) is due for some love.  He hasn’t been nominated in sixteen years.
  3. Johnny Depp - Into the Woods
    The role was nominated for a Tony and Depp may have a chance to capitalize on his promise from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”  Three nominations later, some will be pushing for this.
  4. Robert Duvall - The Judge
    Veteran.  Oscar-winner.  The killer in question which should offer him some opportunity to chew some scenery a la “The Road.”
  5. Oscar Isaac - Mojave
    From “Drive” to the magnificent “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Isaac is making his way to super-stardom.  This film opposite Garrett Hedlund could offer an opportunity to “breakout” even more.

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THE NEXT FIVE CONTENDERS

  1. Matthias Schoenaerts - Suite francaise
    For me, the best thing about “Rust & Bone.”  Another foreign performer aching to breakout to American audiences.
  2. Albert Brooks - A Most Violent Year
    Wildcard #2.  Snubbed for “Drive.”  Could be a standout in a film very much about violence.
  3. Josh Brolin - Inherent Vice
    If I’m going with the film in the top categories, it should be able to pull in a supporting performance too.
  4. Paul Dano - Love & Mercy
    Playing the young version of John Cusack.  Missed out for “There Will Be Blood.”
  5. James Franco - True Story
    Wildcard #3.  Opposite Jonah Hill, can this one-time nominee make his way to the podium?

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OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

  1. Joel Edgerton - Exodus
  2. Logan Lerman - Fury
  3. Domhnall Gleeson - Unbroken
  4. John Cusack - Map to the Stars
  5. Steve Buscemi - The Cobbler
  6. Ray Liotta - Kill the Messenger
  7. Stanley Tucci - A Little Chaos
  8. Robert Pattinson - Map to the Stars
  9. John Goodman - The Gambler
  10. Chris Messina - Manglehorn

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ALSO IN CONTENTION

  1. Tim Roth - Grace of Monaco
  2. Joaquin Phoenix - The Immigrant
  3. Gary Oldman - Child 44
  4. Mark Ruffalo - Can a Song Save Your Life?
  5. Peter Sarsgaard - Pawn Sacrifice
  6. Colin Farrell - Miss Julie
  7. Wes Bentley - Interstellar
  8. Andrew Garfield - 99 Homes
  9. Jason Schwartzman - Big Eyes
  10. Paul Giamatti - Madame Bovary
  11. Scoot McNairy -  Black Sea
  12. James Gandolfini - The Drop
  13. Adam Driver - While We’re Young
  14. Colin Firth - Magic in the Moonlight
  15. Dustin Hoffman - The Cobbler
  16. Chris O’Dowd - Calvary
  17. Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
  18. James Spader - The Homesman
  19. Tim Blake Nelson - The Homesman
  20. Steve Coogan - The Trip to Italy

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  • Calvin Philips

    Any possibility of Willem Dafoe for TFiOS? Tony Revolori (or someone else) for The Grand Budapest Hotel?

  • Joshua Black

    paul dano is due man, hes been snubbed a lot, I thought he was amazing in Prisoners as well as Little Miss Sunshine and TWBB among others

  • ShortMlee

    I’m sorry but ever since the Kids Are All Right came out, a completely disgraceful film for the gay community and understandably HATED by so many gay women. It’s hard to feel “love” of any kind for Ruffalo. Why that film became popular is mind-boggling.

    • Marcus Adriano

      Could you develop this afirmation? Why is it hated by the gay community?

    • Anthony Moseley

      Ruffalo’s nomination for that film was definitely head scratching. I thought Andrew Garfield deserved the 5th spot far more.

  • Brett Greer

    Andy Serkis has been overlooked long enough he deserves a nomination!!!

  • Yeehaw

    Dano missed out on TWBB? BUAHAHAHAHA! Nice. Overrated by hipster movie elitists around the world. He’s one of the worst actors today.