Friday, April 29, 2016

Oscars 2017: Best Supporting Actor Predictions (April)

After posting my updated predictions on the actress categories, it's time to now focus on the boys. First, I'll give my predictions for Best Supporting Actor. Let's take a look:

Armie Hammer, Birth Of A Nation: In case Nate Parker doesn't crack the Best Actor field, they'll need at least one actor to represent the band of actors and the film itself. 

Oscar Isaac, The Promise: Isaac is somebody whose profile has risen thanks to Star Wars and he'll also be seen in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. One thing that helps his potential cause for The Promise is that it's a period drama by Terry George who guided Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo to Oscar nods for Hotel Rwanda. Also, it makes sense to honor a man whose namesake comes from the trophy, right?

Ben Mendelsohn, Una: Another actor who is seeing his profile rising thanks to the show Bloodline and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While Una doesn't have a U.S. distributor yet and while the play the movie is based on is a two-hander since he'll likely share the screen with Rooney Mara, he's the kind of actor's actor that tends to be placed in they category.

Liam Neeson, Silence: On paper, I think Neeson is the winner. One reason is Scorsese, another is that Supporting Actor is often the veteran achievement award, and since the film is about a couple of priests retrieving their kidnapped mentor and Neeson is the kidnapped mentor, that could lead to some emotional clip scenes. So their might be a sense that it's Neeson's year.

Edward Norton, Collateral Beauty: With 3 nominations under his belt, Norton I think is maybe one or two nominations away from having a trophy on his mantle. Out of the actors in his ensemble, I could see him being a representation for the whole cast.

Dark Horses:

Mahershal Ali, Moonlight: He's set to have a prolific 2016. Could he benefit from the film which looks to have a lot of promise?

Tadanobu Asano/Adam Driver, Silence: Double dipping in this category, perhaps?

Aaron Eckhart, Sully: Starring in a Clint Eastwood film and he's also got the boxing drama Bleed For This to aid his cause.

John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane: Pretty please?!

Steve Martin, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: They gave him an Honorary Oscar. Maybe he could finally be in the running for the real thing.

Nick Offerman, The Founder: Comedian going serious.