Best Supporting Actor

Awards Nominations:

* Independent Spirit Award Nominee
+ National Board of Review Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Winner
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 is a little thinner than Lead Actor, but still full of plenty possibilities. The supporting categories are notorious for double dipping (it happens here way often than in the lead categories) so I wouldn’t be surprised to see both Joe Pesci and Pacino here (though Pesci seems to have more critical support so far). Willem Dafoe is truly out there weird in The Lighthouse, but has amassed two nominations in the past two years and could very well get a third (the film has been pretty successful at the box office), while Alan Alda may ride the coattails of Marriage Story love to another nomination like he did for The Aviator. Can all the love for Parasite translate into an acting nod for Song Kang Ho (NEON has selected him as the member of the cast who will be receiving the big push)? 

But the big question is whether or not Brad Pitt has this all sewn up? He’s never won an acting Oscar before, and as one of the world’s biggest stars that seems wrong. Not to mention he’s a wonderful actor as well, and this performance highlights the effortlessness we’ve come to adore him for (Ad Astra could also help). He’s also a co-lead, and as we all know, category fraud pays off at times. But his biggest advantage might just be that there isn’t a contender with a better narrative than him. 

The Frontrunners:

  1. Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood***
  2. Joe Pesci, The Irishman***+
  3. Al Pacino, The Irishman***

The Contenders

  1. Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood***
  2. Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes**
  3. Song Kang Ho, Parasite+
  4. Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy*

The Dark Horses

  1. Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse**
  2. Alan Alda, Marriage Story
  3. Sam Rockwell, Richard Jewell
  4. Shia Labeouf, Honeyboy*
  5. Sterling K. Brown, Waves
  6. Noah Jupe, Honeyboy*