Best Supporting Actor is going to be super competitive this year. In the lead right now, we have Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project, a performance for which Dafoe has been receiving a lot of praise. Right up in the front with Dafoe is Sam Rockwell, who has been receiving similar praise. However, ROckwell might have an edge over Dafoe seeing as his movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is a frontrunner for Best Picture. Also receiving a ton of early praise is Adam Sandler for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected.) There is still the obstacle with Meyerowitz being a Netflix film, but considering the attention Sandler has gotten (combined with his underdog status,) I’d wouldn’t be one bit surprised if he managed an Oscar nomination.
The next two most-likely nominees are Bryan Cranston and Woody Harrelson. Cranston looks to be really strong in Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, though he could be competing with his co-star, Laurence Fishburne. My money’s on Cranston to be the competitor, but we’ll see how that pans out. Right with his is Harrelson, who gave a career-best performance in The Glass Castle – a role which stole the show and left and impression. Harrelson certainly deserves a nom, but the film’s early release and underwhelming position in the Oscar race could hurt his chances.
Vying to get into the top five are Michael Shannon for Best Picture frontrunner The Shape of Water, Kevin Spacet with a transformative performance in All the Money in the World, and Armie Hammer in the indie romance flick Call Me By Your Name. Watch out, though, because there’s still potential for Colin Farrell in The Beguiled, Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards, Ed Harris in mother!, or Idris Elba in Molly’s Game to join in the fun.
Updated 22 October, 2017
Next in Line:
Still in it:
Also in the Race:
Patrick Stewart – Logan
Josh Brolin – Only the Brave Joel Edgerton – Red Sparrow
Jeff Bridges – Only the Brave Steve Buscemi – The Death of Stalin
Casey Affleck – A Ghost Story Garrett Hedlund – Mudbound
Douglas Booth – Mary Shelley Jake Gyllenhaal – Wildlife