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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"
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") and in Ethan Hawke (who could get his second acting nomination -- and fourth nod overall -- for "Boyhood"). 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:
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper):
Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
Albert Brooks, A Most Violent Year
Johnny Depp, Into The Woods
Tom Wilkinson, Selma
Logan Lerman, Fury
Benicio Del Toro, Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall, The Judge

Edward Norton, Birdman

Longer Shots? (But We Really Know Nothing):

Adam Driver, While We're Young
Joel Edgerton, Exodus
Ansel Elgort, Men, Women & Children
Tim Roth, Selma
Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game
James Franco, True Story
Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl
Matthias Schoenaerts, Suite Francaise