Continuing on with part two of my impossibly early Oscar predictions for 2015, we move to Best Supporting Actor. As I mentioned in the previous Supporting Actress piece, the predictions that I did at this time of the year in 2014 yielded two out of the five eventual nominees. Same goes for Supporting Actor last year, though it’s worth noting that last year in early September – I mentioned all five eventual nominees in the predicted or other possibilities category.
Unlike Supporting Actress, where Rooney Mara seems to be a shoo in for a nod in Carol, there are no obvious nominees in this category as of yet. One thing seems very possible – Quentin Tarantino has a knack for getting his supporting players attention and that may bode well for either Kurt Russell or Samuel L. Jackson. Right now, I’ll give Russell the edge.
David O. Russell is also known for his performers receiving Academy love and his December release Joy could mean nods for either Bradley Cooper or Robert De Niro. We’ll go with Mr. Cooper at press time.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant could garner plenty of attention and Tom Hardy could benefit from it in this category. It doesn’t hurt that he’s had a terrific year coming off the acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Cannes Film Festival brought forth raves for the indie drama Youth and Harvey Keitel’s work in it while this fall’s Steven Spielberg drama Bridge of Spies seems to have a major supporting role for character actor Mark Rylance.
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs may mean nods for either Jeff Daniels or Seth Rogen. The Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy has both John Cusack and Paul Dano (depending on who the studio puts in which category). The Catholic Church sex scandal drama Spotlight has Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo. Past winner Benicio del Toro is said to be a standout in this September’s Sicario. And on and on.
In other words, lots of possibilities here and we shall see how it shakes out. For now:
TODD’S FIRST PREDICTIONS – BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, Joy
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Harvey Keitel, Youth
Kurt Russell, The Hateful Eight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Steve Carell, Freeheld
John Cusack, Love and Mercy
Jeff Daniels, Steve Jobs
Paul Dano, Love and Mercy
Benicio del Toro, Sicario
Robert De Niro, Joy
Samuel L. Jackson, The Hateful Eight
Michael Keaton, Spotlight
Jude Law, Genius
Ewan McGregor, Miles Ahead
Seth Rogen, Steve Jobs
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Billy Bob Thornton, Our Brand is Crisis
And that’ll do it for now! Best Actress coming up tomorrow…
You can peruse my Supporting Actress early picks here: