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Oscars 2021: Early Best Supporting Actor Predictions

Who's going to pop from the ensembles of "The French Dispatch" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7"? We need to see the movies to know.

Oscar Isaac, 'Dune"

Oscar Isaac in “Dune”

Warner Bros./Chiabella James

Ahead of the awards pack for now is Spike Lee’s well-reviewed early Netflix release “Da 5 Bloods,” costarring Clarke Peters, as an ex-soldier who joins his old pals on a return trip to Vietnam, and Jonathan Majors as the son of a traumatized veteran (Delroy Lindo). Also in the running is twice-nominated character actor Richard Jenkins, who plays a con-man in Miranda July’s Sundance breakout “Kajillionaire” (Focus).

Slated for fall release are a slate of Netflix Oscar contenders, including Chadwick Boseman as band member Levee in George C. Wolfe’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Tom Burke as Orson Welles and Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst in “Mank,” David Fincher’s biopic about the making of “Citizen Kane,” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” starring a slew of supporting actor candidates, including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance and more.

Providing other possible contenders could be Wes Anderson’s valentine to journalism, “The French Dispatch” (early 2021, Searchlight), costarring Bill Murray as a newspaper editor, as well as Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, and Owen Wilson. Playing Chalamet’s father is Oscar Isaac in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune” (Warner Bros.). And playing Michelle Pfeiffer’s son is Lucas Hedges (nominated for “Manchester By the Sea”), who moves with his mother to Paris in “French Exit” (Sony Pictures Classics).

Playing a real-life character is never-nominated Vincent D’Onofrio as televangelist Jerry Falwell in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight). Also bidding for his first nod is Robert Pattinson in Christopher Nolan’s twisty thriller “Tenet” (Warner Bros.)

Also playing a real person in Regina King’s feature film directing debut “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) is Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, who after his victory over heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in 1964, meets with friends Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.,) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) to figure out ways to change things in the segregated South. The movie will reveal who pulls the most screen time.

All contenders are listed in alphabetical order. No film will be deemed a frontrunner until I’ve seen it.

"The French Dispatch"

“The French Dispatch”


Richard Jenkins (“Kajillionaire”)
Jonathan Majors (“Da 5 Bloods”)
Clarke Peters (“Da 5 Bloods”)

Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Adrien Brody (“The French Dispatch”)
Tom Burke (“Mank”)
Timothée Chalamet (“The French Dispatch”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Charles Dance (“Mank”)
Benicio del Toro (“The French Dispatch”)
Eli Goree (“One Night in Miami”)
Vincent D’Onofrio (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Lucas Hedges (“French Exit”)
Oscar Isaac (“Dune”)
Bill Murray (“The French Dispatch”)
Leslie Odom. Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)
Robert Pattinson (“Tenet”)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Mark Rylance (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
David Strathairn (“Nomadland”)
Owen Wilson (“The French Dispatch”)

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