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Best Actor in a Supporting Role 2011 – 2012

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Listed in accordance to likely win.


Christopher Plummer, “Beginners

Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”

Nick Nolte, “Warrior”

Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”



Updated: December 19, 2011

This has quickly stood out as being the most annoying category to get a handle on. Besides Christopher Plummer and Albert Brooks, there has been a wide array of  performances that have sneaked into the remaining three spots throughout critics awards and guilds. Seemingly, the only constants are that no single performance in the ensemble casts of The Ides of March or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy have been given a notice. A shame, really.

Branagh seems increasingly likely, as his citations have been fairly consistent, where he’s straddling the line as both a critics favorite and garnering guild and Globe support. Similarly, Jonah Hill’s double citation from SAG and the Golden Globes has reinvigorated his chances. I’ve stuck with Brad Pitt and The Tree of Life for a while now, and I’m not about to let loose on that prediction, but everyone from Nick Nolte to Patton Oswalt could fit into that fifth slot.



Updated: December 3, 2011

The supporting categories are quite fluid at the moment. As precursors announce their selections, the surest bet remains Christopher Plummer in Beginners. Albert Brooks surprised me with his victory among New York critics. He’s been predicted by various other sites, and though I was initially hesitant, I’m now predicting him. Though it’s a reserved prediction, as I’m certainly not confident in Drive’s awards prospects.

Given Hugo’s warm reception, it looks like Ben Kingsley could provide Plummer with his stiffest competition yet. It all depends on how Max von Sydow’s performance in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close turns out. If it’s not all that it’s being hyped up to be, then it could really open up the category. Corey Stoll’s strong, though small, performance in Midnight in Paris could manage its way in.



Updated: October 15, 2011

The problem with Drive is that it’s fading so quickly that anything and everything about it is no longer in the conversation. Subsequently, Albert Brooks‘ performance simply doesn’t seem to carry the weight necessary to secure the nomination. I could be wrong, but then again, I don’t think I am.

The big move comes from The Ides of March. All of the supporting cast has big roles and big moments, but it’s Philip Seymour Hoffman who I believe has the best chance for a nomination. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if George Clooney jumps in contention; though I’m hedging my bets on Brad Pitt securing the double noms for The Tree of Life and Moneyball.

It’s Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method  that impressed me most, and while I’ll acknowledge it as a long shot, I can’t help but feel that if the film gets enough buzz…

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