Best Supporting Actor

Awards Nominations:

* Independent Spirit Award Nominee
National Board of Review Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nominee
Golden Globe Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Nominee
* BAFTA Nominee

The Low Down:

This category seems a little… thin this year? Chalamet benefits from being a co-lead and being a recent nominee (and depending on who you ask, the deserving winner of last year’s Best Actor race). Sam Elliot, a longtime character actor, seems to finally have his best shot at a career-prize for his turn in A Star Is Born, while Mahershala Ali is back in the race for Green Book where he won a ton of raves. The film also won TIFF’s top prize, which puts him squarely in this race. His chances of winning here are hindered by the fact he won this award for Moonlight only two years ago. But if they really love the film, will it matter? 

Richard E. Grant won raves for playing against similarly buzzed about Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? while people found themselves surprisingly enamored with Russell Crowe’s work in the otherwise shrugged off Boy Erased. Previous nominee Daniel Kaluuya won notices for Widows and there’s always the possibility of Adam Driver turning up if the Academy remembers BlacKKKlansman.

The biggest questions in this category are Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther and Sam Rockwell in Vice. As the reigning champ in this category, we can’t count out Rockwell quite yet. But will the Academy go for Black Panther in the way we expect hope they will? And if they do, will Jordan finally get that long elusive first nomination? 

The Frontrunners:

  1. Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  2. Sam Elliot, A Star is Born
  3. Mahershala Ali, Green Book

The Contenders

  1. Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?**
  2. Russell Crowe, Boy Erased
  3. Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
  4. Daniel Kaluuya, Widows
  5. Adam Driver, BlacKKKlansman**
  6. Jake Gyllenhaal, Wildlife

Question Marks:

  1. Sam Rockwell, Vice