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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 9, 2014 at 10:58AM

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 are 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 in show besides Keaton" reviews for "Birdman." But there's a lot still to come, including Albert Brooks ("A Most Violent Year"), Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro ("Inherent Vice") or Tom Wilkinson and Tim Roth ("Selma").

Check out our 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):
6. Logan Lerman, "Fury"
7. Benicio Del Toro, "Inherent Vice"
8. Domhall Gleeson, "Unbroken"
9. Josh Brolin, "Inherent Vice"
10. Tom Wilkinson, "Selma"
11. Albert Brooks, "A Most Violent Year"
12. Johnny Depp, "Into The Woods"
13. Tim Roth, "Selma"
14. John Goodman, "The Gambler"
15. Joel Edgerton, "Exodus"
16. Neil Patrick Harris, "Gone Girl"

If It Comes Out This Year, He's Sure Charming In It:
17. Adam Driver, "While We're Young"

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