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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 23, 2014 at 2:29PM

Here's our take on the best supporting actor category.

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.

Before this year even reached its half way point, folks had three very strong possibilities in this category thanks to Ethan Hawke and JK Simmons (with their Sundance premieres "Boyhood" and "Whiplash," respectively) and Mark Ruffalo (Cannes premiere "Foxcatcher"). They've held on nice and strong months and months later, welcoming Edward Norton (Venice premiere "Birdman") to their gang back in September. But do they all hang in there?

There's a few other contenders. Josh Brolin in "Inherent Vice," Robert Duvall in "The Judge," John Goodman in "The Gambler," Tim Roth and/or Tom Wilkinson in "Selma," and Tyler Perry in "Gone Girl," for example. But our sneaking suspicion is that a relative unknown gets in here.  Japanese singer Miyavi has a juicy, villainous role in "Unbroken" as a "The Bird," the guard who made it his mission to break the spirit of the film's hero. This category has been all about rewarding villains as of late (see Javier Bardem, Heath Ledger and Christoph Waltz), and perhaps Miyavi will be the latest.

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

Looking Pretty Solid:

1. J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
2. Edward Norton, "Birdman"
3. Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
4. Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"

The Big Threat Left To Be Seen:
5. Miyavi, "Unbroken"

All Definite Possibilities To Move Up
6. Tom Wilkinson, "Selma"
7. Josh Brolin, "Inherent Vice"
8. Tim Roth, "Selma"
9. Tyler Perry, "Gone Girl"
10. John Goodman, "The Gambler"

Will Be Tough For Them To Break Through (But It's Still Possible):

11. Charlie Cox, "The Theory of Everything"
12. Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
13. Alec Baldwin, "Still Alice"
14. Albert Brooks, "A Most Violent Year"
15. Neil Patrick Harris, "Gone Girl"

READ MORE: J.K. Simmons on Why Miles Teller is ‘Such a Slappable Little Bastard’

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season, Oscars 2015

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