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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

ndiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the
87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

Even if it’s a little boring, it’s hard to argue against J.K. Simmons getting this moment in the mainstream spotlight thanks to his clean sweep of every Best Supporting Actor trophy out there. It would be pretty shocking if he didn’t top off that off with an Oscar, though there is a tiny outside chance Edward Norton could spoil.

Our prediction below. Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Will Win: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Could Win: Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Should Win: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Shoulda Been Here: Josh Brolin, “Inherent Vice”

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Shia Labeouf was incredible in my opinion.


Ive said from the beginning sins Foxcatcher was at Cannes Carell would not be nominated in Lead Actor but in supporting instead. Channing Tatum is the lead in that movie. It’s ridiculous it’s taken this long for that to come to the forefront. So thanks BAFTAs. Steve Carell will get a supporting actor nomination or he won’t be nominated. He certainly isn’t better than any of the 5 who are the front runners in lead actor. Keaton, Redmayne, Gyllenhaal, Cumberbatch and Oyelowo. This category will be Simmons, Norton, Hawke, Carell, Duvall.


How come you’re having Steve Carell in both Lead Actor and Supporting category?


I want the Academy to recognise Riz Ahmed. This season so far has been really white. Riz is as talented, as beautiful and his performance is a fierce competitor in the race. If Riz makes it to the ceremony I’m happy.


I’m putting my money on Chris Pine who was amazing as Cinderella’s Prince. Hopefully he can pull of a Jonah Hill and get nominated.


I personally think no one will beat JK Simmons, his performance in "Whiplash" was absolutely outstanding. But I do think the top 4 are correct. But I was absolutely impressed by Tim Roth in "Selma" I think he deserves a nomination for that 5th and final spot. Great job and all great actors!


Why would Andy Serkis be listed under SUPPORTING actor?


My final predictions

– J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" (he is going to win)
– Edward Norton, "Birdman" (If not for JK Simmons, he will be the frontrunner. The best performance since American X)
– Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood" (I think he is the weakest of the cast, but he will be dragged for the ‘Boyhood Fever’)
– Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher" (one of the best performance of the year)
– Robert Duvall, "The Judge" (probably, the Academy is going to give a last recognition to one of the greatest actor of the last 40 years)


J.K Simmons has to win, he was just awesome


Whiplash is just so brilliant. I really hope it gets a best actor nomination for the lead. Simmons really should bag the award for this one.

camila toro

Logan Lerman Fury


Not even a mention of Robert Pattinson in The Rover??

danielle jones

Aidan Turner Richard Armitage and dean O’Gorman of the hobbit should be up for an award


i just saw Boyhood and I really don’t understand the hype for Ethan Hawke in this category. He was fine but I think anyone could’ve played that role. Am I missing something? Really good film but there’s gotta be a better performance from someone in this category to supplant Hawke.


I think Christoph Waltz should definitely be in here for Big Eyes, unless he’s considered a lead actor.


Sam Reid for Belle?




At this point, I don’t think it matters who’s getting nominated since Simmons pretty much has this in the bad. Not to say he doesn’t deserve, because he does, but this one is pretty much over at this point.


Logan Lerman deserves a nomination for Fury


Owen Wilson is a staggeringly bad actor. He proves that just about anyone with connections can get in to Hollywood.


Robert Duvall does not deserve to get nominated for The Judge. The Judge was a bad and mediocre movie and Duvall wasn’t good at all.


@ Dustin, because most likely Furys team is trying to camoaign for Brad Pitt to get an Oscat nod which he doesn’t deserve. I agree that Shia was good, but he will get passed over for one of the biggest male movie stars on the planet unforuntalty. Same with Jack O’Connelle from Unbrokne, Angelina is spending all that campaign money for HER to get a Best Director Oscar nod she doesn’t deserve either.


Why is nobody giving credit to Shia Lebauof, he was outstanding in "Fury". Despite him being crazy in real life! haha


Logan Lerman for Fury !


Michael Parks – Tusk.


Miyavi acting was said to be poor by some critics. I don’t think he stands chance of even getting an Oscar nom. If he does then its because he a POC. Not for his talent. Which he probably has none in acting anyways.

gerard kennelly

Hoffman a most wanted man Miyavi unbroken Norton birdman Ruffalo foxcatcher Simmons whiplash


Chris Pine? Is that a joke? He is not a strong contender at all.


Brolin makes the cut for the 5th spot.


I think this and best actress are locks. Rigth now, is not even a posibility that JK Simmons will lose. Kyle if you think that Oscar are ‘deserving’ you are a naif… Goode is not in the run, because he is not it campaign for it. Probably he will get a BAFTA nod, but that is all


It’s absolutely ridiculous that Matthew Goode isn’t mentioned in this at all. He easily should be a possibility.


The actor who plays Alan Turing as a child gives an amazing performance, his final scene is the most jaw dropping moment of the whole movie


This list is pretty accurate, but Brooks and Duvall have a better shot than Goodman.




He’s also a threat unseen, and one guy who saw the movie said he was great, better than Miyavi, and Angelina Jolie called him the "heart and soul" of the film. I think a lot of people are underestimating him.

Al Parra

Tyler Perry nor Neil Patrick Harris were memorable AT ALL in "Gone Girl", so I find their inclusions here very silly. In addition, I really see Hawke being "snubbed" if you could call it that for "Boyhood" because I don’t understand the hype about that performance whatsoever.


Duvall is outstanding but the movie has a lot of bad reviews so i don’t think Academy will vote for him. J.K. Simmons is the favorite, because this category always give an Oscar to a veteran actor. And Patrick Harris is just for laugh…


I read in reviews that Tom Wilkinson apparently overdoes it in Selma


What about Robert Pattinson "The Rover" ?
(Best Supporting Actor)

Farhan Tanvir

Norton for Birdman. Finally, it is a big,big opportunity this time


I think Robert Duvall has a high chance of this win, but I think it will go to JK Simmons. The reviews of his acting from Whiplash are incredible.
Also I do not agree with some people names here. One of them being the Miyavi guy fron Unbroken. Again, No one has seen Unbroken yet nor are there any reviews, so how can you say he is in the top 5 without seeing his work? Not to mention the ‘actor’ is actually a japenese pop star. So I doubt he knows how to act properly. People were laughing at the idea of Justin Timberlake being an Oscar nominee a few years, why should Miyavi be treated any diffently?


What makes you think that Roth is more likely than Wilkinson? I’ve heard more about the latter




Ed Norton killed it. There is no way anyone from Gone Girl is winning an acting award. Galifiniakis was great too in Birdman but don’t think he’ll make it. I gotta watch whiplash


Your Top 4 are the same as mine. I think the 5th spot might go to Tatum fpr Foxcatcher if they choose to run him for Supporting to. Or to Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes.


Robert Duvall is getting more Oscar buzz than Goodman, Waltz and Perry combined, so why are they all above him. And Logan Lerman is getting enough buzz that he should be listed at the bottom


Um, whoever even mentions the name Johnny Depp for a 2 minute performance in Into the Woods has a problem. Are you kidding? There is not one single award body who will even think about his name this year. Also, I just saw Interstellar and you have to also not metion Casey Affleck’s name here. That is such a bizarre choice to me. I would think it would be a rule that if you do not even show up in a preview, then you do not have a shot. But seriously, Johnny Depp is not even in the top 300 names of possible contenders.


Miyavi is the name of the character in unbroken, not the acotor. The actor’s name is Mutsushiro Watanabe. I don’t think he has a great chance.


Why does everybody have Domhnall Gleeson above Garrett Hedlund for Unbroken? I’m guessing he has a "meatier" role?


Neil Patrick Harris, bah, humbug. Never.


Where the heck is James Gandolfini for The Drop. At least a dark horse.


Peyman Moaadi was just perfect in "Camp X-Ray", he should get an oscar nom in this category


Why is Jamie Foxx on this list before Logan Lerman?

Sandy Pistet

Robert Duvall for "The Judge"


Have you seen Gone Girl yet? Because there is no way that Neil Patrick Harris is getting nominated or is even a contender for being nominated. Hell I’d argue he gave the weakest performance out of all the major characters in the movie. Although I think your top 4 are very plausible and likely to be nominated.


I think Shia LaBeouf could suprise us and give us a great performance aswell.


Rob PAttison for "The Rover"


1. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
2. Owen Wilson (Inherent Vice)
3. Edward Norton (Birdman)
4. Logan Lerman (Fury)
5. JK Simmons (Whiplash)
6. Johnny Depp (Into the Woods)
7. Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)
8. Tim Roth (Selma)
9. Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken)
10. James Corden (Into the Woods)
11. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
12. John Goodman (The Gambler)
13. Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl)
14. Casey Affleck (Interstellar)
15. Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year)
16. Tom Wilkinson (Selma)
17. Adam Sandler (Men, Women & Children)
18. Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
19. Ansel Elgort (Men, Women & Children)
20. Takamasa Isihara (Unbroken)


Edward Norton all the way


Robert Pattinson the rover


Ben Mendelsohn Starred Up


I hear Takamasa Ishihara was a stand out in Unbroken and I think because people aren’t paying attention to him he can sneak up on the academy when th movie comes out.


What about James Gandolfini in The Drop? He’s getting a lot of praise for his performance and the Academy owes him BIG TIME.


Those first 4 are spot on. I reckon Tom Wilkinson gets fifth spot, for Selma.


Waltz for Big Eyes i’m talking about btw.


Christoph Waltz? I think his role is supporting, no? Sure he is the main male actor in the movie but I feel he won’t be a main actor in the movie as a whole if you get me.


So the Jewish Jonah Hill got a nod for playing a sleazy ugly Jew in the Wolf of Wall Street, and now the Jewish Logan Lerman will get one for playing a heroic good-looking non-Jew in Fury? Typical.






I’m very excited and interested to see Logan Lerman in Fury because it shows growth as an actor. He normally does teen movies but he has incredible potential. I’d love to see him get some Best Supporting Actor nominations come awards season.


What about Michael Shannon for 99 Homes and Owen Wilson for Inherent Vice??


I think you are greatly underestimating Robert Duvall for The Judge. I’d have him much higher than 21st or wherever you placed him, like 5th.


Everyone that has a real chance:
1. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
2. Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
3. Casey Affleck – Interstellar
4. Neil Patrick Harris – Gone Girl
5. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
6. Mark Strong – The Imitation Game
7. Matthew Goode – The Imitation Game
8. Domhnall Gleeson – Unbroken
9. Takamasa Ishiara – Unbroken
10. Logan Lerman – Fury
11. Shia LaBeouf – Fury
12. Jon Bernthal – Fury
13. Jason Schwartzman – Big Eyes
14. Aaron Paul – Exodus
15. Joel Edgerton – Exodus
16. Tom Wilkinson – Selma
17. Tim Roth – Selma
18. Cuba Gooding Jr. – Selma
19. Edward Norton – Birdman
20. Albert Brooks – A Most Violent Year
21. Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
22. James Corden – Into the Woods
23. Chris Pine – Into the Woods
24. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
25. Robert Duvall – The Judge
26. John Cusack – Love & Mercy
27. Matthias Schoenarts – Suite Francaise
28. Robert Pattinson – Maps to the Stars
29. JK Simmons – Whiplash
30. James Franco – True Story
31. Oscar Isaac – The Two Faces of January
32. Robert Pattinson – The Rover
33. Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
34. James Gandolfini – The Drop
35. Benicio del Toro – Escobar: Paradise Lost
36. Colin Farrell – Miss Julie
37. James Franco – Queen of the Desert
38. Robert Pattinson – Queen of the Desert
39. Steve Buscemi – The Cobbler
40. Ray Liotta – The Revenge of the Green Dragons

jodie thomas

Go Josh Brolin!!!!


Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Owen Wilson (Inherent Vice)
Logan Lerman (Fury)
Johnny Depp (Into the Woods)
JK Simmons (Whiplash)
Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Tom Wilkinson (Selma)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)


Predictions from Spain I (1/08/2014): Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) – Edward Norton (Birdman) – Logan Lerman (Fury) – Robert Duvall (The Judge) – Albert Brookes (A Most Violent Year)


It’s kind of strange how IndieWire builds itself–or so it seems–an an alternative sight to mainstream Hollywood features, yet finds itself complicating in regard to ginning the Hollywood award season.




I have no idea how you’re pegging Philip Seymour Hoffman as a best supporting actor. There is no way you could consider him anything other than the lead in A Most Wanted Man. By the way, he was fantastic.


Mark Ruffallo
Andy Serkis
J.K. Simmons
Robert Duvall
Edward Norton
Albert Brooks
Johnny Depp
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Logan Lerman
Owen Wilson


You might want to remove Gary Oldman, Child 44 is being pushed to next year


They all have a chance:

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
Casey Affleck – Interstellar
Neil Patrick Harris – Gone Girl
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Matthew Goode – The Imitation Game
Mark Strong – The Imitation Game
Domhnall Gleeson – Unbroken
Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man
Logan Lerman – Fury
Shia LaBeaouf – Fury
Jon Bernthal – Fury
Joel Edgerton – Exodus: Gods and Kings
Aaron Paul – Exodus: Gods and Kings
Colin Farrell – Miss Julie
Jason Schwartzman – Big Eyes
Edward Norton – Birdman
Albert Brooks – A Most Violent Year
Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ray Liotta – Kill the Messenger
Michael Sheen – Kill the Messenger
Martin Sheen – Trash
James Franco – True Story
Benicio del Toro – Paradise Lost
Robert Pattinson – The Rover
JK Simmons – Whiplash
Oscar Isaac – The Two Faces of January
James Gandolfini – The Drop
John Cusack – Maps to the Stars


I just saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Academy…Please nominate Andy Serkis? He was fantastic in this movie and he deserves a nomination. So please Academy? Please nominate him? No seriously Academy…NOMINATE HIIIIIMMMMM!!!!!!!!!


Don't rule out John Hurt for "Snowpiercer"!


Where's Owen Wilson?


If Andy Serkis wins next year if he's nominated (He better btw), I want to see him run up the stage like Golem and when he receives his Oscar he should look at it and the first thing he should say in his speech is "My precious"!


I don't know if any of you have seen The Rover but it is superlative, and seems to be overlooked.
David Michod (Animal Kingdom) directed and co-wrote.
Guy Pearce best actor…this actor is great in anything but his subtle and intense portrayal is top notch.
Robert Pattinson as best supporting actor…He has hit it out of the park with a stunning, nuanced, original performance. The best I've seen in this category, bar none.


Neil Patrick Harris looked a little sinister in the second trailer to Gone Girl


1. Robert Duvall – "The Judge"
2. Mark Ruffalo – "Foxcatcher"
3. Ethan Hawke – "Boyhood"
4. Matthias Schoenaerts – "Suite Francaise", "Far from the Madding Crowd" or "Little Chaos"
5. Johnny Depp – "Into the Woods"
6. Albert Brooks – "A Most Violent Year"
7. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man


I think Robert Pattinson at least deserves a nomination for his performance in The Rover, which in my opinion has shaken away the shackles of his role in Twilight and forged himself the title of a must-watch actor.


Having seen the stage version of Into The Woods (mild spoiler warning), I really don't see Johnny Depp getting nominated for Into The Woods seeing as how small of a role The Wolf is, and it's mostly a comedic role too. It's basically just a cameo in the play. They may have beefed up his role a bit due to his star power, but I really don't see it happening. If any actor is getting nominated for Into The Woods, it'll be James Corden, seeing as he is the male lead (though I wonder if he'll be submitted into Lead or Supporting…it could go either way really.)


Logan Lerman is a self-hating Jew, who has consistently white-washed his own grandfather's background as a Holocaust refugee from Nazi German. So Logan has no business being in a movie about fighting Nazis.

Chris Boyle

1. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
2. Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
3. Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
4. JK Simmons – Whiplash
5. Logan Lerman – Fury

6. Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
7. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
8. Robert Duvall – The Judge
9. Edward Norton – Birdman
10. Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man

11. James Franco – True Story


Andy Serkis needs to be on this list!!!


WHERE is Channing Tatum? I thought he was a lock along with Ruffalo. Why isn't he even here?


top 5
1. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher (just a trailer and reviews out of Cannes, but role is more subdued than Channing's so that could be a drawback)
2. JK Simmons, Whiplash (sundance screening-riveting, in your face performance he took over that movie, I'd give him the statuette now)
3. Logan Lerman, Fury (based on script, past acting, and early test screening reaction, time to skew a little younger in the actor categories Academy)
4. Owen Wilson, Inherent Vice (if character gets more screentime than in the book)
5. Edward Norton, Birdman (trailer, hilarious fight scene w/ Keaton)

I don't really get the all Neil Patrick Harris talk, the character doesn't really stand out in the book. could be a spillover from his Tony win generating all the buzz


early reaction to first test screening of Ayer's Fury earlier this week in CA says film is excellent, gritty, realistic and accurate in portraying warfare and that in a cast of good performances, Logan Lerman and Brad Pitt standout. the characters' relationship is the emotional core of the film so if Pitt makes it, then perhaps Lerman has a good shot at supporting similar to the Pitt-Jonah Hill tandem in Moneyball


Dude, you need to put Owen Wilson on that list


i thik jk simmons is definilly one of the strongest with Ruffalo, if the campaing channing tattum in the supporting she could get in two, but without winner. rarely the oscar give the win to two actor in the same movie, and they did it this year. i dont think that will repeat again, and i think carrell has the strongest shot of winning in the lead. the other could be phillip seymor hofman, wonderful actor, and always is good to honer them especially considering he is gone so sad and soon. probably robert duvall.


This should be it:

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
Logan Lerman – Fury

And Maybe:

JK Simmons – Whiplash
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Edward Norton – Birdman
James Franco – True Story


Top 10:
1. Christoph Waltz
2. Robert Duvall
3. Owen Wilson
4. Albert Brooks
5. Christopher Walken
6. Andy Serkis
7. Gary Oldman
8. Neil Patrick Harris
9. Johnny Depp
10. Mark Ruffalo


I'm almost certain that Tatum is being campaigned as lead along with Carell rather than supporting. I suppose they could change that though.


Is Guy Pearce leading or supporting in The Rover?

Johnny Q

Owen Wilson 100%


Owen Wilson in Inherent Vice. He's tapping into some painful territory (heroin addiction) and the character is quite tragic and funny at the same time. Maybe it's a wee bit too small in the book, but if he get's a bit more screentime, then it would at least worth considering

Richard N.

RE: J. K. Simmons – some 35 years ago I worked with him @ Montana's Bigfork Summer Playhouse. He has music degree from Univ. of Mont.; has a big, operatic-quality singing voice; has done Broadway musical shows. How long before Hollywood discovers that hidden jewel? (Remake of "Man of La Mancha", anyone?)


I read the book, and I'm voting for Owen Wilson


Unless they make the part bigger Depp basically has a cameo in Into the Woods (maybe 2 scenes?)


After watching Godzilla, I think Bryan Cranston should at least be a possibility

J. J. J.

Dude!! I think Owen Wilson has a great chance in Inherent Vice, you should at least consider the guy, he's a great actor.

True Story - My List


James Franco – True Story (WINNER)
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man
Benicio Del Toro – Inherent Vice
Andy Serkis – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Robert Duvall – The Judge
Gary Oldman – Child 44
Edward Norton – Birdman
Guy Pearce – The Rover
Christopher Walken – Jersey Boys


My predictions

Robert Duvall – The Judge
James Franco – True Story
John Lithgow – Love Is Strange
JK Simmons – Whiplash
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher (Winner)

May Be:

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Logan Lerman – Fury


Top 20:

Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
Logan Lerman – Fury

JK Simmons – Whiplash
Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
James Franco – True Story

Gary Oldman – Child 44
Casey Affleck – Interstellar
Edward Norton – Birdman
Neil Patrick Harris – Gone Girl
Guy Pearce – The Rover

Albert Brooks – A Most Violent Year
Joel Edgerton – Exodus
Aaron Paul – Exodus
Domhnall Gleeson – Unbroken
Matthew Goode – The Imitation Game


Robert Pattinson in The Rover I think also has a possibility. (albeit small)


From the looks of the first trailer, Jersey Boys looks like an amazing, Oscar-winning film. With Clint Eastwood at the helm and a strong cast made up of several Broadway veterans, if the reviews are strong, this could be the film to beat at the Oscars. My vote for Supporting Actor is for Vincent Piazza, an extremely underrated actor who looks and sounds pitch perfect in the role of Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. Just watch the trailer and see how he nails the accent and the voice of the legend.




Top 10 choices:
1.Owen Wilson
2. Johnny Depp
3. Andy Serkis
4. Gary Oldman
5. Albert Brooks
6. Edward Norton
7. Christopher Walken
8. Robert Duvall
9. Neil Patrick Harris
10. Logan Lerman


Top 15:
1. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
2. Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
3. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
4. Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
5. Logan Lerman – Fury

6. Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man
7. Joel Edgerton – Exodus
8. Robert Duvall – The Judge
9. Gary Oldman – Child 44
10. James Franco – True Story

11. Albert Brooks – A Most Violent Year
12. Edward Norton – Birdman
13. Guy Pearce – The Rover
14. Neil Patrick Harris – Gone Girl
15. Aaron Paul – Exodus


Out of all these possibilities, I believe Johnny Depp will finally get his first Oscar, besides most actors in supporting roles in musicals usually win: Catherine Zeta Jones, Anne Hathaway, etc


in my opinion:

Johnny Depp, Into The Woods
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Benicio Del Toro, Inherent Vice
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Christopher Walken, Jersey Boys


Owen Wilson (Inherent Vice) and Logan Lerman (Fury) will be nominated, I am pretty damn sure

Johnny Q

Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)
Owen Wilson (Inherent Vice)
Casey Affleck (Interstellar)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Logan Lerman (Fury)

Johnny Depp (Into the Woods)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (A Most Wanted Man)
James Franco (True Story)
Joel Edgerton (Exodus)

Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl)
Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher)
Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken)
Aaron Paul (Exodus)
Gary Oldman (Child 44)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year)
Ryan Gosling (Knight of Cups)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Alexander Skarsgard (The Giver)
Brenton Thwaites (The Giver)
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Bobby Cannavale (Imagine)
Christopher Plummer (Imagine)
John Cusack (Maps to the Stars)
Christopher Walken (Jersey Boys)
Colin Firth (Magic in the Moonlight)
Richard E. Grant (Dom Hemingway)
Dustin Hoffman (The Cobbler)
Paul Bettany (Transcendence)
Domhnall Gleeson (Frank)
Guy Pearce (The Rover)
Robert Downey Jr. (Chef)
John Leguizamo (Chef)
Peter Sarsgard (Night Moves)
James Gandolfini (The Drop)


If the Academy decided to nominate the major categories like this to 10 nominees my picks would be:
1. Josh Brolin
2. Albert Brooks
3. Gary Oldman
4. Andy Serkis
5. Johnny Depp
6. Christopher Walken
7. Christoph Waltz
8. Robert Duvall
9. Mark Ruffallo
10. Edward Norton

Guy Jones

All Possible:
Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Casey Affleck – Interstellar
Bill Murray – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Neil Patrick Harris – Gone Girl
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
Matthew Goode – The Imitation Game
Domhnall Gleeson – Unbroken
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man
Logan Lerman – Fury
Joel Edgerton – Exodus
Aaron Paul – Exodus
Gary Oldman – Child 44
Edward Norton – Birdman
Albert Brooks – A Most Violent Year
Joaquin Phoenix – The Immigrant
Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Stellan Skarsgard – Nymphomaniac
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Christopher Plummer – Imagine
John Cusack – Maps to the Stars
Christopher Walken – Jersey Boys
Colin Firth – Magic in the Moonlight
James Franco – True Story
Richard E. Grant – Dom Hemingway
Dustin Hoffman – The Cobbler
Paul Bettany – Transcendence
Tom Wilkinson – Belle
Domhnall Gleeson – Frank
Guy Pearce – The Rover
Robert Downey Jr. – Chef
Peter Sarsgard – Night Moves


Josh Hutcherson "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" (depends)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
Donald Sutherland "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
Logan Lerman "Noah"


I think Martin Sheen is possible for a first nomination in Trash


Owen Wilson – Inherent Vice
Casey Affleck – Interstellar
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Logan Lerman – Fury
Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Most Wanted Man


For God's sake, the Academy SHOULD recognize Andy Serkis! He deserves a nomination! He looks even more sinister in the new apes movie!


My First Predictions:

Albert Brooks – A Most Violent Year
James Gandolfini – The Drop
Logan Lerman – Fury
Gary Oldman – Child 44
J. K. Simmons – Whiplash


Owen Wilson for Inherent Vice

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