Oscar Real: Best Supporting Actor breakdown

4 days left! Today I’m breaking down the men who support their leading men and/or ladies.  Recent winners of the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar include Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) and last year’s winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Christian Bale

  • Throughout his tenure,  Christian has been an American Psycho, a caped crusader, a magician, a machinist and now a former crack addicted fighter.  In other words, he’s a brilliant chameleon who, up until now, had never been honored for his tremendous body of work. That all should change come Sunday night.

John Hawkes

  • Nominee spotlight time! Click here.

Jeremy Renner

  • Though his competition is steep, this is Renner’s second consecutive nomination and he definitely deserves to be here.  He may walk away empty-handed but he’s proven that he is on the fast track to one day claim a golden man.

Mark Ruffalo

  • Even though I take issue with Mark being nominated for this particular role, its nice to have him included in the fray. Though I would have much preferred a nomination for his work in Shutter Island, I believe that his performance in the Scorsese film sealed the deal in him getting his first Oscar nod for The Kids Are All Right.

Geoffrey Rush

  • Coming in on the heels of a BAFTA win, Geoffrey is pegged for an upset in this category.  This is his fourth nomination, second in this category,  not to mention he won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Shine (1996).

The Real REAL: Although he didn’t win at the BAFTA awards, Christian Bale is still the absolute favorite to win this honor. However, there is a major possibility that Geoffrey Rush piggyback off the momentum from The King’s Speech major guild wins, their 12 nominations and Colin Firth’s presumed win. Like I said, its one or the other in these supporting categories when it comes to Leo and Bale and once you put everything into perspective – would the Academy award Colin Firth’s performance and not his right hand man?


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