Oscar Patrol: Best Supporting Actor
by: Will Leitch (Yahoo! Movies)
We'll be looking at a different Oscar category -- well, the "major" ones, anyway -- every Tuesday and Thursday, and we start out with Best Supporting Actor, which is a little thinner than in past years. We are reminded of this post from The Film Experience Blog, which looks at Oscar's history with the Supporting Actor category. We're a sucker for "showy villain" ourselves, though there aren't nearly enough of those this year. Let's dig in, with the "Locks," those "On The Bubble," those "Still Holding Out Hope" and the poor souls who will have to make due with the "For Your Consideration" ads.
Christian Bale, "The Fighter." It'll be shown to Manhattan critics for the first time Thursday -- we won't be there -- but Bale's a clear favorite in the "drug-addicted sidekick" role. Plus, he lost a lot of weight, which isn't as impressive as gaining a lot of weight but still, not bad, Bale.
Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech." Still considered the favorite to win: Could end up being the Christoph Waltz "mark your ballot and move on" pick. It depends how much people like "The Fighter."
On The Bubble
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." A clear flimsy pick, but do you want to be the one arguing against a Hollywood favorite who's undergoing grueling treaments for lung cancer?
Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network." Losing some steam because people are liking Armie Hammer's performance a bit more. But he's still Spider-Man, and gives the best supporting performance.
Jeremy Renner, "The Town." Still the film's only real chance at any nomination.
Sam Rockwell, "Conviction." A respected actor who might finally get his nod, but no one particularly likes the movie, other than his role in it.
Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right." Still hanging in, but like the movie itself, he's been pushed aside for the higher profile female leads.
Armie Hammer, "The Social Network." Considered the most "fun" performance, and he gets credit for playing two guys, even if they're the same guy.
Ed Harris, "The Way Back." The biggest role, some even argue he should be a lead.
Paul Rudd, "How Do You Know." He's the one they'll be pushing for this; we just hope everyone remembers the time he beat up Michael Myers.
Still Holding Out Hope
Matt Damon, "Hereafter." The movie stinks unless you're 90 years old, but the elderly Academy members may nod to him because he's the only actor in the film they know.
Matt Damon, "True Grit." Has a showy role, it's said, and he has to be better than Glen Campbell.
John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone." No one really remembers him from this, but hey: He was in "Eastbound and Down," which is cool at least.
Bob Hoskins, "Made in Dagenham." The film's trailer reveals him to be a bigger part of the film than had been realized.
John Malkovich, "Secretariat." Dropped down a spot because the movie just never picked up much steam.
Bill Murray, "Get Low." No one is all that crazy about the movie, and it feels like a waste to give a nomination for a movie that won't be considered among his best.
Justin Timberlake, "The Social Network." Losing momentum fast. People just don't want to give him an EGOT.
Included So They'll Keep Buying "For Your Consideration" Ads
Josh Brolin, "True Grit"
Vincent Cassel, "Black Swan"
Chris Cooper, "The Company Men"
Colin Farrell, "The Way Back"
Andrew Garfield, "Never Let Me Go"
Jon Hamm, "The Town"
Jack Nicholson, "How Do You Know"
Owen Wilson, "How Do You Know"