Of all the categories that the Academy has presented Oscars in, the one category I feel has the least number of disappointments, snubs, or surprises, and is the most consistent with respect to quality is the Best Supporting Actor category, especially considering the absolutely golden nominees that have emerged in the last few years. The lineup of actors being announced in this category, safe to say, has outshone the nominees for the Best Actor categories on multiple occasions for me at least, and if past trends and future predictions have anything to tell us, it’s that the lineup for this year looks better than ever, with stalwarts, stars and relatively younger actors looking to deliver great all round performances. The current winner of the award too, Mahershala Ali for ‘Green Book’, emerged victorious among a list of truly remarkable, stellar performances from Sam Rockwell (2018’s winner for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’), Adam Driver, Sam Elliott and Richard E. Grant. So, without further ado, here’s the list of best supporting actor contenders for Oscars 2020.
8. Jon Hamm, ‘The Report’
As stated in a series of articles preceding this, ‘The Report’ is one of our predictions to be scoring a lot of brownie points come awards season. Its sensitive socio political theme and the uproar it created at Sundance ought to take care of that. However, more than the central performance, we are counting on the supporting performances to blow our minds. While another veteran, Annette Bening is predicted to be in for Best Supporting Actress, we expect the charming actor to be in a possible bidding for his first Academy nomination yet for his role in the film.
7. Matthew Ryes, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’
While the film is expected to earn honours this year by virtue of the man whose influential life this film glorifies, the extremely likeable Fred Rogers, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ is also expected to earn top acting honours, especially with Tom Hanks in the role of Fred Rogers, and a host of other supporting actors. Notable among those would be Matthew Ryes, winner of an Emmy for his fantastic work on ‘The Americans’, and portraying Lloyd Vogel, a reluctant magazine writer who is given Rogers’ profile to work upon. As he gets to know the man himself, his views on kindness, empathy and positivity change, and the film charts that transformative journey, along with highlighting Rogers’ real life friendship with journalist Tom Junod.
6. Gary Oldman, ‘The Laundromat’
The winner of the Academy award for Best Actor in a Leading Role last year for his eerily real portrayal of Winston Churchill, Gary Oldman, a legend in his own right, has his name attached to two major projects this year, both being on our list of most anticipated films; the first being ‘The Woman in the Window’, a psychological thriller, and the second, one that I expect to be the more powerful portrayal of the two, would be in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Laundromat’, a film based on the very controversial Panama Papers Leak.