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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 28, 2014 at 3:55PM

Here's our take on the best supporting actor category.
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"Whiplash"
"Whiplash"
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.

Here's our early predictions for the best supporting actor race, which has a few strong contenders already in J.K. Simmons (who won raves for his performance in Sundance standout "Whiplash), Mark Ruffalo (as close to a sure thing as we have here for "Foxcatcher"), Ethan Hawke (who could get his second acting nomination -- and fourth nod overall -- for "Boyhood"), and Edward Norton, who  is getting "best is show besides Keaton" reviews for "Birdman." But there's a lot still to come, from Albert Brooks ("A Most Violent Year") to Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro ("Inherent Vice") to Tom Wilkinson and Tim Roth ("Selma").

Check out predictions in other categories here.

Best Bets From What We've Seen:
1. Edward Norton, Birdman
2. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
3. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
4. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper):
5. Logan Lerman, Fury
6. Benicio Del Toro, Inherent Vice
7. Domhall Gleeson, Unbroken
8. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
9. Tom Wilkinson, Selma
10. Albert Brooks, A Most Violent Year

Longer Shots? (But We Really Know Nothing):
11. Johnny Depp, Into The Woods
12. Tim Roth, Selma
13. Ansel Elgort, Men, Women & Children
14. Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game
15. Adam Sandler, Men, Women & Children
16. Oscar Isaac, Mojave
17. John Goodman, The Gambler
18. Adam Driver, While We're Young
19. Joel Edgerton, Exodus
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Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl