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2012 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

2012 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Starring Christopher Plummer as a newly out gay man in his 70s and Ewan McGregor as the aimless son who mourns him, Mike Mills’ heartbreaking film is based on personal experiences with his own father. Told in segmented flashbacks, “Beginners” is a poignant love poem that asks universal questions that have plagued every generation, even as it offers no answers.

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Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 84th Academy Award winners through February 26th, when the winners are announced.

Some are suggesting the unexpected presence of Max Von Sydow here might give Christopher Plummer a run for his money,  but the battle of the Oscarless octogenarians is greatly exaggerated.  Plummer very likely has this in the bag, and deservedly so.

Best supporting actor predictions below. Watch clips of who Press Play’s thinks should win in this category, and check out predictions in all categories here.

The Nominees
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Predicted Winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
The Potential Spoiler: Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Shoulda Been Here: Albert Brooks, Drive

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jake t.

after winning all the awards, Oscar would commit the greatest sin if they snub again Christopher Plummer. His career is outstanding!


Another def. "Shoulda Been Here" is Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his role in 50/50. In fact he shoulda gotten a "best lead actor" nod for that performance.

Charles Scheiderich

Nick Nolte has taken a secondary character and elevated him to very closely a lead role. He absolutely deserves a best supporting Oscar for this role. "Warrior" didn't even get look by many who wrongly assumed it was just another "fighter", when it was so much more. So much for assumptions. Anyway, Plummer and VonSydow, like Nolte, certainly deserve nods for their respective performances. If you look at their overall careers, they all have turned in many fine performances which could have easily put the coveted statuette on their respective mantels, but in this case I think that Nick Nolte really put that little something extra on this role to make it the absolute Best Supporting Role of the year. Trying to pick the best clip to illustrate the perofrmance is a task in itself.

Nolte, Nolte, Nolte

I have watched everything Nolte has ever done from "Rich Man Poor Man" to current. I was a cop who worked DWI patrol for years and years, and the recovering alcoholic, turning back to the bottle that Nolte portrays chills me to the bone. The Hotel room scene and diner scene are two scenes that you carry with you always. Though Plummer and Von Sydow hit home runs, Nolte hits a grand slam….Nolte all the way….

Chris O

i wish jonah hill got more respect than this. he deserves the award over everybody else here, maybe its because he was also in the sitter i dont know but his performance in Moneyball was way better then anyone else here.


I think, along with supporting actress, this is the most predictable of the awards- Its a lifetime achievemnet win basically- good ole Cpt Von Trapp!!- Christopher get some gold polish now!


Max Von Sydow wasn't even that good. He just stood there and got sad sometimes.


Why does everybody think he has it in the bag.. he was hardly even in it and and it was such an easy part to do…….What a saddd way for Christopher Plummer to be remembered for… a freakin Homo….Geeeezzzzz..He was so much better in Dragon Tattoo…This Country is turning so Gay!!! Come on people….

Nik Grape

I think Von Sydow at least deserves Potential Spoiler recognition here. We all know Plummer is miles ahead of anyone but if there is even the slightest chance of an upset here it will come from Von Sydow, a veteran as much as Plummer is, same age, never won an Oscar, in a 9/11 movie..


Most likely this one is in the bag for Christopher Plummer, but I would love to see Max von Sydow get it.


Usually, this is my second favorite category, but I'm not so interested this year. Plummer is going to win, and he most liekly deserves it. He's a veteran, and being awarded would be a celebration to his prosperous career and performance. I'm also proud of Jonah Hill, because no one expected the fat guy from "Superbad" to ever be nominated for an Oscar, especially for a drama. Proud of you Jonah! But Plummer is definitely going to win. He's got it in the bag.


my choices Brad Pitt- The Tree of Life Jeremy Irons- Margin Call Kevin Spacey-Margin Call Christopher Plummer- Beginners Michael Fassbender – Jane Eyre As much as I loved Drive (second fav. film after Tree of Life this year) Albert Brooks wuzn't snubbed, his performance was great but this is a great year for supporting performances I.E. Ben Kinsley in Hugo didnt even make my cut


my choices
Brad Pitt- The Tree of Life
Jeremy Irons- Margin Call
Kevin Spacey-Margin Call
Christopher Plummer- Beginners
Michael Fassbender – Jane Eyre
As much as I loved Drive (second fav. film after Tree of Life this year) Albert Brooks wuz snubbed, his performance was great but this is a great year for supporting performances I.E. Ben Kinsley in Hugo didnt even make my cut


On the topic of Alan Rickman, it is hard to judge his role in a specific Harry Potter movie without the entire weight of his character from the other movies coming into play. For me, his character brings the Harry Potter movies to the adult realm. Having said that, this role is no stretch for him. Many of the people who are upset about him not making the list scoff at DiCaprio making the list for a role that is similar to one that he has portrayed before. One aspect that should always be a huge part of an oscar nomination is how far the actor stretched and I would have to say that playing a character for an eighth time is hardly a stretch. No matter how well he does it.


The Oscar's only purpose is to generate more publicity for movies- that's why there isn't even a nomination for Alan Rickman- The Harry potter franchise hardly needs an Oscar bump to make a tidy profit! Shame really, because Jonah Hill was just terrible in Money ball, and Rickman would have filled that slot perfectly… But the oscars again, is all about the money.


Two words: GIOVANNI RIBISI. HOW on earth could he have been overlooked for Rum Diaries, clearly offered the best supporting actor performance of the past years.

mahyar brad

only bradpitt & jonah hill


No contest. Plummer walks away with it

Alan Rickman?

What is the deal with Alan Rickman. I mean he did a good job on the HP movies but seriously you think that role deserves an oscar. He should have gotten an oscar for the movie he did with Mos Def. But that's another debate if you even know the movie I am talking about. I say Nick Nolte or Christopher Plummer. Jonah Hill?????? Seriously!


My vote is for Nick Nolte. A lot of people didn't give warriors a shot at all. But I hope people take there time out to watch the movie. Nick Nolte was amazing in it. In my opinion. And the scene in the hotel with his son was so strong. Especially if you could relate. He knocked it out the park.


Well it isn't over yet and hey guys these are what they are; predictions so I hope that AR you take it away. You absolutely deserve it. You are number 1 to me xx.


I agree with anyone/everyone who feels like an Alan Rickman omission is travesty!! Not only should he be nominated, but he deserves to win by a long shot, in my opinion. I mean, Brad Pitt being nominated for Moneyball? What a joke! The performances aren't even on the same level.

How disappointing

I'll say it again where is Alan Rickman


This list means nothing to me without Alan Rickman in it. His performance was incredible and he deserves recognition. HARRY POTTER FTW!!!


Miss Alan Rickman!


No nomination for Alan Rickman's master performance as Severus Snape??? Seriously, you bunch of Snobs. Just because you think that HP is a Kiddie-poo-poo movie, doesn't mean it is that! He captured the tormented soul of the Character so powerfully and movingly! If Alan doesn't end up getting recognized , my fear that Oscars aren't Fair, will be prove true.

One Love

All predicted nominees perform at their very best, props to whoever receive a nomination for the Oscars.


I'll tell you why Alan Rickman is not on the list: As great as his performance was, the ones in this list were even better. This was a very strong year in terms of supporting actors. I mean, the fact that the fat guy from Superbad made an award-worthy performance says everything.


Max, Corey Stoll and Albert Brooks


Amir Hammer should get nominated for J. Edgar. One of the best movies of 2011. He has some talent hidden in him for the future :)


I`m going to be really surprised if Leonardo DiCaprio, doesn`t get nominated for his preformance in J. Edgar. I liked it a lot and I think he did an excellence job portraying Hoover. Difficult role to play and I think he should at least get nominated for his preformance.

Dig Dug

Shut the FUCK up about Alan Rickman already. He wasn't even nominated for a BAFTA. A fucking BAFTA!!! If his own country isn't going to nominate him he sure as hell won't be for a mediocre Harry Potter movie. You fan boys and girls need to go back to your muggle fan sites and stay there. It's going to be Christopher Plummer's first Oscar even though I think Brooks or Stoll deserve it. Again…SHUT. UP. POTTER. IDIOTS.


We want Alan Rickman here !!


Ricky(Alan Rickman) is not on this list but i am sure that he will be on the real list for oscars and he will definately win


You only forgot Rickman.

Rick in MI

I thought Jonah Hill made "Moneyball". Someone from "Tinker Tailer" should also be considered… you pick! :) I didn't like "Hugo" much, but Ben Kingsley was great, as always. Albert Brooks was also very good in "Drive" as was Arnir Hammer in an otherwise bad "J. Edgar".


Why Alan Rickman isn't up there is beyond me, his performance was truly heartbreaking. My friend was in slugs of tears and she wasn't even a potter fan.


I can t believe Rickman is not on the list


I agree about Rickman, but no one on this list mentioned Corey Stoll in Midnight in Paris. He stole a Woody Allen movie with ten minutes of screen time. Dude was brilliant.


Rickman's performance was the best of the year for sure!


Alan Rickman should at the very LEAST be nominated (AND WIN) Because he is an amazing actor


Armie Hammer definitely gave the best performance


The Oscars don't like serialized performances. Ian McKellen was nominated ONCE for Lord of the Rings, and did not win. Is that to say he didn't do a good job all through the series? Or that the acting in those movies wasn't superb? The Oscars aren't the Emmys where Alec Baldwin and Jeremy Piven can just win every damn year. The Harry Potter movies were just a teat to milk more money out of something JK Rowling did a good job at creating. They were not made for the sake of good filmmaking, nor do they represent any category of excellence in film.

Rickman fan

Alan rickman doesn't deserve an oscar, an Oscar deserves an Alan Rickman.


Where is ALAN RICKMAN? His name should TOP the list! His performance in HP Deathly Hallows 2 was superb, this has to be a JOKE! I mean what is this the best Kiss Ass gets the nominations, lets just put aside ACTING ABILITY, and the ones who KISS ASS are nominated? You all obviously haven't noticed the impact his Character had on all 8 films, his acting was flawless, he was brilliant, and yet you all still overlooked him..SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU ALL! This list is just as others have said A JOKE!!!


Where the hell is Alan Rickman? This is a joke. Aside from everything else he has done, his work in the Deathly Hallows pt 2 was nothing short of amazing. I'm severely disappointed. When the movie was released last year i thought it wasn't the best time for them to do so purely because now it seems so long ago and people have very short memories. Those who decide on who gets nominated and who wins need to look back and properly remember the impact Mr Rickmans part in DHpt2 had on everyone…including other brilliant actors. He does deserve the Oscar, more than the others, not only for his acting abilities, but for his dedication and commitment to the role. This list truely is a joke.


Alan Rickman was amazing, he deserves to win and so does Harry Potter in general! it's just movie snobbery, if a film is fantasy and children can watch it, its instantly unworthy, never mind how good it was.


Where is Alan Rickman? I don't want to be rude, but whom think he isn't deserve it you don't know what is good. And not only he should bbe nominated, but he should win. He was great in All HP movies, but he deserves Oscar for his other actings too…. (sorry for bad english, I'm learning it now)

David Roth

Nick Nolte is a no brainer for Warrior. Not only a nomination but he should walk away with the award hands down after that performance.


I agree, Alan Rickman is brilliant actor and he deserves it how noone else!!


ALAN RICKMAN FTW!!! he deserves it way more than anyone you've mentioned on the list!!


My god, just give the price to Alan Rickman! He's so talented and he deserves it so badly, there's no question. He did more than "just cry" on HPDH2, he showed real love and pain in that movie. And not just in HP, all of his movies are just amazing. So just give him the price, for gods sake!


What?? !! Where is Alan Rickman?? He is the best actor!!


I really don't understand why Rickman or Fiennes aren't on this list, HP7p2 really was a spectacular film, and both of their acting was perfect. They both really did just seem to 'be' the characters they were portraying, Snape and Voldemort really did seem to be in the cinema with me. And if the Harry Potter series isn't worthy of a nomination because of the type of film it is, didn't Return of the King in the LOTR trilogy win Best Picture? For me, Deathly Hallows was a more emotional and hard hitting feature, by far


Yes yes yes Thea, Actress 100% with you. He made Snape from the Harry hater we all thorght he was to this emotional being that crys over his lost love!
Ok all those actors are great but come on where is Alan Rickman? Was I the only one who fell in love with his acting from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and loved him all the way to The Deathly Hallows Part 2? Come on at least a nomination.
Just Consider him as he is a great actor and has never won an oscar before.


I'd like to see: Kenneth Branaugh – My Week With Marilyn, Albert Brooks – Drive, Jonah Hill – Moneyball, Christopher Plummer – The Beginner, Alan Rickman – Harry Potter


WHAT!?!?! Albert Brooks for Drive? I just watched that movie, and the minute it finished, I thought to myself, 'the acting wasn't too bad, except for Albert Brooks; he was horrible. His acting reminded me of the old guy in Strange Brew." Now I am blown away to be seeing people say he should be nominated. During what scene did I fall asleep and miss an Oscar-worthy performance?


Christopher Plummer, "Beginners", 100%
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn", 90%
Albert Brooks, "Drive", 85%
Nick Nolte, "Warrior", 70%
Jonah Hill, "Moneyball", 60%

Thea, Actress

Okay, people, people, we need to get one thing straight about this whole Alan Rickman thing.
It's great if you think he was the strongest out of the HP cast and that you might therefore think he should be nominated, but that is not enough.
And for the deluded people who claims that Alan Rickman didn't live up to what 'they had expected of him'… What the hell were you expecting? Were you expecting to see exactly what you imagined in your head the first time you read the book, or? Because truth be told, that would be the most impossible thing to ever live up to (if you had to please the imagination of every single person who read the book *geez*)

Alan Rickman is one of the best actors we have.
I am not pinning this on the HP films – I am pinning this on years of studying acting and years and years of watching Alan Rickman and many other actors 'do their thing'. Extraordinarily few live up to the standards of Alan Rickman's talent.

Do I think he deserves an Oscar nom this year? Hell yeah.
One can only hope that the Academy will actually start living up to it's job; which is to honour the best performances of the year – no matter which kind of film the performance was presented in.


jonah hill are you serious???!!!!???!!! he does NOT deserve an oscar at all.his role was not the least bit emotional and was very straightforward. ANDY SERKIS ALL THE WAYYY!!! he deserves way more recognition. i mean come on he turned into a chimp!!!!! no other actor could do that and even James Franco said so. if andy doesn't get nominated i lose all faith in the academy.


Alan Rickman deserves it!….always


Hey guys…
to all those who say alan rickman does not deserve an oscar nomination as best supporting actor i can only say: Why not? I`m not only saying that cause i`m a harry potter fan and i like the love-story and so on… I think that the Harry potter movies are really well done and it`s success shows that as well. People from all ages all over the world love this movies and i think that should be honoured. I think it`s a pity that only very "heavy" movies are getting oscar nominations because they are teaching and so on. I think moies who are entertaining on a level that HP does should be honoured as well and i don`t understand the jury at all cause they are ignoring the whole movie! It`s obviously that Rickman is the best actor of the cast and he was able to show a very complicated character. He touched so many people with his performance (me as well by the way) and that should be honoured. He deserves it as well as the whole movie deserves oscars for categories like special effects etc. And to all who say he didn`t was not able to be as emotional as snape in the books: I think it`s hard to play something if the original in the book is as good as heaven. He did a really great job and he is a good actor and the fact that he is touching so many people should show that he deserves it!!!


I am a fan of the Harry Potter books, but I really hated that last movie. It seemed to me it's all about that big, spectacular, CGI-overstuffed "epic" battle at the end, which, for me, haven't felt epic at all. And Alan Rickman as best supporting actor of the year? I mean, he's a great actor of course. But his performance wasn't that super and emotional. And, he didn't cry. Those were not tears comin out of his eyes, but memories. All in all, not only I didn't feel moved about that scene and his performance, I even felt it a little too forced. Sorry to all fellow Harry Potter fans, but Christopher Plummer, Albert Brooks, even chimpanzee-disguised Andy Serkis gave much better performances and more deserving an Oscar-nom (though I don't see Andy getting it). And, at last: The scene I probably only enjoyed in the whole HP8 movie was when Voldemort abandoned his wizard ways and started to beat the shit out of Harry muggle-style :D


Alan Rickman should at the very LEAST be nominated (AND WIN) Because he is an amazing actor who doesnt have to use his money or looks. He knows how to actualy become who he is playing in the role. Not just guess and hope it looks good. Rickman all the way.


I`m sorry… of course i meant "best supporting actor/actress" for Alan Rickman… an especially by the way… :) anyway… time for a nomination…


Are you kidding?? I think it`s time for a Harry-Potter nomination in "Best actor/actress"-category… for example for Alan Rickman or Maggie Smith… both great and it`s really necessary to honour them for their brilliant Job in Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows 2… espessially Alan Rickman :)

Juha Tapani

Albert Brooks For "Drive" Of Course.


I've never liked Nick Nolte. And now that Jonah Hill isn't fat, he is never going to get nominated again.

Rickman is a joke

Just because he cried in the film when he died set to a dramatic score, doesn't make it Oscar worthy.


How about the entire cast of Drive. Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Oscar Issac… Those are three Oscar worthy performances. I realize you can't nominate 4 people from the same movie lol but just saying. But yes Albert Brooks is the best supporting actor in that film.


Joke of this list: Nick Nolte.

Nolte was average in a below-average film. If he gets a nom it will be one of those heinous "life achievement" kind of things, certainly not about his pedestrian performance in this film. And Nolte's "life achievement" has been underwhelming to say the least.

Zip it

Lets put this Alan Rickman argument aside. From the films I've seen thus far here are supporting roles that are better than his (I've seen HP also). Albert Brooks, Drive. Brad Pitt, Tree of Life. Nick Nolte, Warrior. Armie  Hammer, J. Edgar. Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons in Margin Call. Christopher Plummer, Beginners. Andy Serkis, ROTPOTA. Paul Giamatti and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Ides of March. Robert Forster, The Descendants. Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris. Jonah Hill, Moneyball. Kyle Chandler, Super 8. Oscar Issac, Drive. Strictly my opinion, Alan Rickman flat out does not deserve to be on this list. There are probably better performances (some on the list eg. Branagh, Kingsley etc.) just haven't seen those films yet. So let's talk about the real contenders.

pissed off

Where the fuck is Alan Rickman's name?


Both Alan Rickman and Ralph Fiennes needs to be on this list. Alan Rickman because he did such an amazing job portraying what it felt like when heart broken, and Ralph Fiennes for playing such an evil character so well I couldn't picture any actor playing Voldemort as well as he did.


Most HP fans who say Alan Rickman should win never watched really good performances to compare, so they think the fact that Rickman is by far the best actor in Deathly Hallows's cast makes him an Oscar-worthy actor. I'm not saying his performance isn't great, it's just not Oscar great. I mean, watch any of the top five movies in this list and then tell me he is better than any of those five actors. Watch Beginners. Any actor can convey emotion through a powerful crying scene like Rickman's, but only a truly brilliant actor like Christopher Plummer can convey emotion through a complex role like Hal Fields in such a perfect way WITHOUT HAVING TO CRY for that.


Nick Nolte was amazing in Warrior


I agree with the others who mention Alan Rickman. Brilliant performance which deserves recognition…unfortunately it looks like not even a hint for a nomination.


Alan Rickman, hands down. Take aside the films and the character and just see the raw emotion in his role. To portray that much love and pain in a single shot, let alone an entire scene along with his brilliant acting through out the entire movie AND series? He deserves it more than anyone on this list, end of story. He is a brilliant actor who truly deserves it.


This is the most interesting category to me; a lot of diverse, scene-stealing performances. Corey Stoll for Midnight in Paris and John Hawkes for Martha Marcy May Marlene should be on this list though… Jonah Hill is a good actor but he should not get nominated for Moneyball. Tough year.


Alan Rickman should be here. He deserves it more than anyone on this damn list.


i dont care if harry potter aint the kind of movie for oscars but alan rickman deserves a nomination at least! its the same thing as with ledger and the dark knight. batman was made to gain as much money as possible but ledger did great and deserved it. its about acting not what kind of film it is…


I don't see how you think Andy Serkis is a longshot, you know what motion capture is becoming more and more prominent in film and it is time for the academy to recognize it as an actors performance, the only difference between motion capture and traditional performance is digital enhancement. plus I've really lost all faith in Academy already, the seen to be more focused on making a political statement then they are about recognizing truly great performances and truly great films.


For those of you talking about Rickman, he will not even get a nomination considering he's not even being considered for any other major role. Don't get me wrong, I loved the entire Potter series, but that is just not the kind of movie that receives recognition from the Acadamy. They haven't snubbed the Potter films based on hatred of the series or the genre, the series was not made to grab any serious noms, it was made to adapt a cherished series of novels to the big screen in spectacular beauty, and, in all honesty, to make money.


ANDY SERKIS ANDY SERKIS ANDY SERKIS!!!! This should not be a long shot vote. He should be a shoe-in! He literally became a chimpanzee!!! What other actor can put so much emotion and depth to an animal character? No one. Andy made this movie. He made you feel, care, and love for this creature. If he is not recognized for that beautiful performance just because he was in a CGI costume I will officially lose all faith in the Academy. Best performance of the year hands down.


Alan Rickman should be on this list.


No Alan Rickman…..Seriously?


Nick Nolte should definetely get it, his performance in "Warrior" is hands down the best acting I have ever seen.
As far as Alan Rickman goes he is indeed an excellent actor who portrayed Snape very well, he has far to few and short appearances in any of the movies to be concidered for an Oscar.
And a "long time achievement award"? Seriously? The Academy has never given out such an award as far i I know. And furthermore, just because a franchise is successfull it dosen't automatically mean that any of the movies were any good (Twilight for example)

She Who Must Not Be Named

WHERE IS ALAN RICKMAN? He NEEDS to be nominated. For being Snape, probably one of the most difficult characters to pull off, as well as all of his previous roles for which he didn't win.


Yes yes yes to Harry Potter, everyone knows the story, the film and the cast deserve this award! HP all the way! Alan Rickman darnit put him in there!


ALAN RICKMAN NEEDS TO BE NOMINATED but the academy awards hate fantasy he wont get nominated despite being better then everyone on the list

Chriustopher Plummer website

"’Beginners’ may well secure Christopher Plummer an overdue Academy Award. About time! What crafty delight this lion brings to the screen."

are you high

Jonah Hill? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Gaspar Marino

Out of all the 5 performances mentioned Christopher Plummer's was the most deserving. Also deserving a nomination is Andy Serkis in Rise of the planet of the Apes.


Where's Alan Rickman for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"? And Kenneth Branagh got far worse reviews for his performance compared to Mr. Rickman. Come on, give me a break.


Joey for best supporting horse in War Horse


If HP is going to get any real credit, it should be here. And I absolutely think it'd be a worthy nomination. Surely it wil be nominated for technical categories anyways. The truth is that the film just isn't good enough to be nominated for Best Picture/Best Director.


and just to add.. is kenneth branagh up there supposed to be a joke or what??


yeah its unfair how HP has NEVER once been recognised by the academy (I think theyve had visual effects/ sound editing noms occasionally?) agree that watson radcliffe grint are nowhere near the oscar nomination skill yet but as an overall 10 year achievement?? there needs to be some recognition of excellence. But the fact that its the biggest english franchise ever, and the majority of the academy are american probs has something to do with it…
if Im wrong, there is categorically no reason why rickman does not deserve a nom for SA.


Alan Rickman deserves the Oscar but the Academy always snubs Harry Potter. Always. So he wont' get it.

And Jonah Hill? Please.


Andy Serkis should be nominated for his mo-cap work on Alvin in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked".


Nice to see Margin Call on this list. Tremendously overlooked. Great performances throughout.

The work Andy Serkis did in Rise of the Planet of the Apes was absolutley mind blowing. It is a great cinematic achievement and should for sure be considered an Oscar nominaition worthy performance.

I also enjoyed Stoll's performace "Paris". But this is a crazy category. This year. Loved Moneyball. Loved Jonah Hill in Moneyball. That being said, there are better performances than Hill's.

I believe Armie Hammers performance was better, as was Nick Nolte's. If I was picking here are my five (based on what I've seen.)

1. Albert Brooks, Drive
2. Nick Nolte, Warrior
3. Brad Pitt, Tree of Life
4. Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
5. Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Although I haven't seen Beginnners, it appears Plummer is certainly the front runner. So those of the top movies I've seen are my favorite performances and they are all oscar worthy.

Mark D.

Yorick van wageningen for either "the Way" or for "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" both strong amazing performances… I would love to see this actor get a nomination!

A. O. Zeta

The list is missing Tom Hardy for Warrior and Ezra Miller for We Need to Talk About Kevin.

tobby jay

BRAD PITT in tree of life ???????????????////


Patton Oswalt should definitely be in the top 5.


Warrior was terrible. A Dangerous Method had amazing performances and deserves recognition


Please people stop jumping on the bangwagon that is harry potter. Its a feel good film and if you've read the book its a huge dissapointment. My imagination whilst reading the books extracted a more fond experience. Harry potter had no real acting quality I'm sorry. Now Albert Brooks and Nick Nolte in Drive and Warrior respectivley were amazinf heart provoking performances (well Nolte for sure whilst Brooks produces a realstic take on a life of a gangster!) I have watched the beginners yet but I'm pretty sure its some fairy performace from Plummer (Many may remember him from insider were he gave an amazong performance as Mike Wallace) that evokes little reacton but great nostiglia for the academy and they choice that over impact and hard craft of much more inspirtaional performances. The supporting actor role this year is serious seeig as last year Bale outclassed everyone with ease, sorry Jeremey!


It's amazing that Jonah Hill was able to perform a serious roll.


What about Alan Rickman for his work in every single Harry Potter film. He portrayed his character flawlessly and deserves this award.


No love for Brad Pitt in Tree of Life? Very compelling performance


It's only between Nick Nolte, Albert Brooks and Andy Serkis(for anyone who knows anything about cinema and what Andy Serkis did for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he's know why Serkis should be right at the top)


just Albert Brooks

YES!!! Margin Call!! I would love to see the movie nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay with Nods to Spacey and Irons. Oh, and Producers, Before the Door and Zachary Quinto. For a first time writer, director, great effort by all the actors.


I really hope that Alan Rickman gets at least nominated for his performance as Professor Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. He was amazing and if he doesn't get a nomination then I'll probably mark the Oscars off my list of annual things to watch.


I hope there's more love for Patton Oswalt, he was much better than Hill. Is it just be or did anyone else think Moneyball was completely overrated?

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