Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Winner Breakdown: Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor:
- Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
- Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
- Nick Nolte (Warrior)
- Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
- Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

Once again, we have a very obvious winner. Christopher Plummer has lost very few awards. He's lost to Albert Brooks (not nominated) 5 times, though all in Film Critics awards (Washington, Chicago, New York, Phoenix) and at the NSFC and Satallite Awards. So his only competition should be Albert Brooks, though he was surprisingly snubbed. Plummer has already won the SAG, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and the BAFTA. Previously he hasn't won any of these awards, which is shocking since he's been working in film for so long. But it's fantastic seeing him win this many thigns after so long. And I'm sure the Academy already has his Little Gold Man ready for him, and has for some time. Additionally, none of these nominees have won an Oscar. Kenneth has had 5 Nominations (2 for acting, 1 for director, 1 for writing, and 1 for short film). This is Nick Nolte's 3rd nomination, Max Von Sydow's 2nd nomination, and Jonah Hill's first. Nevertheless, Plummer has virtually no competition in this category. It will be no shock to see him win, and should be expected, in fact. In what is a terribly weak year for Supporting Actors, it's sad to see some decent performances excluded, namely Albert Brooks (Drive) and Alan Rickman (Harry Potter). Both had strong performances and were surprisingly snubbed. This makes the year of Supporting Actors non-exciting and with no competition.

Will Win: Christopher Plummer
Could Win: Max von Sydow
Dark Horse: Jonah Hill
Who I Want to Win: Christopher Plummer/Jonah Hill

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