My Case Of posts have reached the first contender in Supporting Actor and that’s Brendan Gleeson for The Banshees of Inisherin!
The Case for Brendan Gleeson:
Despite an acclaimed filmography with lead and supporting roles from Braveheart to The General to the Harry Potter franchise to In Bruges and The Tragedy of Macbeth, the veteran thespian nabbed his first Oscar nod here. Playing Colin Farrell’s fair-weather friend in Martin McDonagh’s tragicomedy, Gleeson landed nominations in all the key precursors thus far.
The Case Against Brendan Gleeson:
In addition to internal competition from his costar Barry Keoghan, anyone not named Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) is at a disadvantage as he has won all the major ceremonies so far.
Gleeson might be runner-up to strong frontrunner Quan, but it’s doubtful his fingers will be gripping an Oscar on March 12th.
My Case Of posts will continue with Todd Field and his direction of Tár!
My write-ups for the other Supporting Actor contenders can be found here: