Continuing with my initial Oscar predictions for the 2019 season, we arrive at Best Supporting Actor! If you happened to miss Supporting Actress, you can find it here:
As mentioned in the previous posts, these are the pre-festival projections where there’s a whole lot of guesswork involved. However, my five performers that I called out in my initial 2018 predictions yielded a strong three of the eventual five nominees: Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman, Sam Elliot in A Star Is Born, and Sam Rockwell in Vice. In the ten other possibilities, I did name nominee Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? The only actor I didn’t list was eventual winner Mahershala Ali for Green Book.
A couple of quick notes: Brad Pitt is likely a shoo-in for a nod. There seems to be a question as to whether Tom Hanks will be classified as lead or supporting for his role as Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I’m listing him as a possibility for both categories until it’s official.
Let’s get to it!
EARLY OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Alda, Marriage Story
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
John Lithgow, Bombshell
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Jamie Bell, Rocketman
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Leslie Odom, Jr., Harriet
Gary Oldman, The Laundromat
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Wesley Snipes, Dolemite Is My Name
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Best Actress is next!