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”).
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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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