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Best Supporting Actor 2013: Oscar Predictions with Possible Wild Cards

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 2013 PREDICTIONS -The Academy Awards will announce this year’s nominations for the Oscars on January 10, 2013. But we aren’t going to wait that long. We have come up with our own predictions as to who will be nominated and we decided we would start with the category of Best Supporting Actor. This year has been an interesting one because it seems to be one of the most open competitions in recent memory. As it sits right now, we believe that Tommy Lee Jones in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln is the front runner. Given that his performance is a period piece based on a true life person, it adds Oscar catnip to his role.

Although not many people have seen his performance yet, Russell Crowe in Les Miserables is sure to shock a lot of people. Always known as one of the roughest actors in Hollywood and in real life, Crowe is able to sing with the best of them in this musical. One of the best performances of the year that not a lot of people are talking about is James Badge Dale in Flight. In just one scene that takes place in a stairwell, James gives a captivating performance of a dying cancer patient that makes you even forget that Denzel Washington is in the same scene.  Philip Seymour Hoffman was in one of the most awaited films of the year, The Master, and acted alongside of the always interesting Joaquin Phoenix. So don’t be surprised if a nomination comes his way. Finally you have Alan Arkin who plays a character that all Hollywood types truly enjoy, a witty producer who is very committed to making a blockbuster, even a fake one.

There are a few actors that we think could play a wild card and slip in and get a nomination of their own. Following the likes of Heath LedgerJavier Bardem could get the same villain-in-a-blockbuster love that is reserved for only a select few. Leonardo DiCaprio might bag a nomination considering he is still one of Hollywood’s top actors and he’s in a film with one of Hollywood’s top directors, Quentin Tarantino. Our last wild card is Jason Clarke and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. If the Oscar voting body can get over the mesmerizing Jessica Chastain performance in the film, maybe they will give Jason a look of his own.

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