Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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


 Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project        Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Adam Sandler – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Bryan Cranston – Last Flag Flying         Woody Harrelson – The Glass Castle

Next in Line:

Michael Shannon – The Shape of Water       Kevin Spacey – All the Money in the World

Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name 

Still in it:

Laurence Fishburne – Last Flag Flying       Colin Farrell – The Beguiled 

Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Ed Harris – Mother!           Idris Elba – Molly’s Game

Also in the Race:

   Josh Gad – Marshall       Michael Shannon – The Current War

Christoph Waltz – Downsizing          Harrison Ford – Blade Runner 2049

      Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes           Oscar Isaac – Suburbicon

Patrick Stewart – Logan

Mark Wahlberg – All the Money in the World         Ali Fazal – Victoria and Abdul

Ben Foster – Hostiles     Colin Farrell – The Killing of a Sacred Deer          Javier Bardem – Mother!

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

Michael Stuhlbarg – The Post          Jesse Plemons – The Post          Bob Odenkirk – The Post

Johnny Depp – Murder on the Orient Express          Willem Defoe – Murder on the Orient Express

Leslie Odom Jr. – Murder on the Orient Express           Josh Gad – Murder on the Orient Express

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