Oscars Predictions: Best Supporting Actor – Can Jamie Dornan Find ‘Everlasting Love’ from the Actors’ Branch?

Other supporting actor contenders include Ciarán Hinds, Jared Leto, Jeffrey Wright, J.K. Simmons and Woody Norman.

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UPDATED: Nov 26, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: There’s no agreed-upon frontrunner, keyword being “agreed upon,” at least with critics and pundits. In races like supporting actors, the actors’ branch can lean more towards rewarding the career than the performance itself. That helps someone like Ciarán Hinds, who delivers a marvelous performance in Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” primarily since he’s worked with many in the business. His co-star Jamie Dornan should be able to crack the lineup accordingly, especially with “Everlasting Love” being one of the feel-good, cheerful moments in any film this year.

The work of Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) in Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos” is one of the best casting efforts this year, and his work is utterly memorable and could be an easy checkbox for the film. But, unfortunately, it’s still unclear how far Jared Leto’s ballsy turn in “House of Gucci” will take him in the race or if the Academy will be able to choose between either of the men from Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” which has Jesse Plemons entering the top five this week for the first time since the year-in-advanced predictions.

I’m also looking out for those Globe, SAG and Critics Choice nominees that may come up short at the Oscars, like past snubbed performers Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”), Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”) and Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”). Of course, Ben Affleck could ultimately fit that bill for “The Last Duel” if voters come to bat for Ridley Scott’s period epic.

Will screen time matter for Bradley Cooper for “Licorice Pizza,” or can any of the boys from “Don’t Look Up” get swept in with Leonardo DiCaprio? The most likely candidates seem to be Jonah Hill or Mark Rylance.

And then there’s “Nightmare Alley,” which will offer up a few options but with different narrative moments on the screen to shine.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

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1 Ciarán Hinds “Belfast” Focus Features
2 J.K. Simmons “Being the Ricardos” Amazon Studios
3 Jamie Dornan “Belfast” Focus Features
4 Jared Leto “House of Gucci” MGM/United Artists Releasing
5 Jesse Plemons “The Power of the Dog” Netflix
6 Kodi Smit-McPhee “The Power of the Dog” Netflix
7 Robin de Jesús “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Netflix
8 Troy Kotsur “CODA” Apple Original Films
9 Ben Affleck “The Last Duel” 20th Century Studios
10 Willem Dafoe “Nightmare Alley” Searchlight Pictures
11 Woody Norman “C’mon C’mon” A24
12 Ben Affleck “The Tender Bar” Amazon Studios
13 Bradley Cooper “Licorice Pizza” MGM/United Artists Releasing
14 Andrew Garfield “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” Searchlight Pictures
15 Jonah Hill “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
16 Idris Elba “The Harder They Fall” Netflix
17 Richard Jenkins “The Humans” A24/Showtime
18 Colman Domingo “Zola” A24
19 Jon Bernthal “King Richard” Warner Bros
20 Timothy Spall “Spencer” Neon/Topic Studios
21 Mark Rylance “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
22 Jeffrey Wright “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
23 Corey Hawkins “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Apple Original Films/A24
24 Jason Isaacs “Mass” Bleecker Street
25 Reed Birney “Mass” Bleecker Street
26 Benicio del Toro “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
27 Al Pacino “House of Gucci” MGM/United Artists Releasing
28 Eugenio Derbez “CODA” Apple Original Films
29 Kelvin Harrison, Jr. “Cyrano” MGM/United Artists Releasing
30 Bradley Whitford “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Netflix
Adam Beach “Swan Song” Apple Original Films
Aditya Geddada “Encounter” Amazon Studios
Adrien Brody “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
Alex Lawther “The Last Duel” 20th Century Studios
Alex Wolff “Pig” Neon
Alexander Skarsgård “Passing” Netflix
André Holland “Passing” Netflix
Arsenio Hall “Coming 2 America” Amazon Studios
Ben Kingsley “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios
Ben Mendelsohn “Cyrano” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Benedict Wong “Nine Days” Sony Pictures Classics
Benedict Wong “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios
Benicio del Toro “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
Benny Safdie “Licorice Pizza” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Bill Duke “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
Bill Murray “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
Billy Magnussen “The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros
Billy Magnussen “No Time to Die” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Billy Porter “Cinderella” Amazon Studios
Brendan Fraser “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
Brendan Gleeson “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Apple Original Films/A24
Brian d’Arcy James “West Side Story” 20th Century Studios
Chang Chen “Dune” Warner Bros
Christopher Lloyd “The Tender Bar” Amazon Studios
Cillian Murphy “A Quiet Place Part II” Paramount Pictures
Colin Firth “Mothering Sunday” Sony Pictures Classics
Corey Hawkins “In the Heights” Warner Bros
Corey Stoll “The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros
Craig muMs Grant “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
Damian Lewis “Dream Horse” Bleecker Street
Daniel Durant “CODA” Apple Original Films
Daniel Ranieri “The Tender Bar” Amazon Studios
Dave Bautista “Dune” Warner Bros
David Alvarez “West Side Story” 20th Century Studios
David Dastmalchian “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
David Harbour “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
David Morrissey “The Colour Room” Sky Cinema
David Strathairn “Nightmare Alley” Searchlight Pictures
Delroy Lindo “The Harder They Fall” Netflix
Dennis Quaid “American Underdog” Lionsgate
Dwight Yoakam “Cry Macho” Warner Bros
Ed Harris “The Lost Daughter” Netflix
Eduardo Minett “Cry Macho” Warner Bros
Edwin Hodge “The Tomorrow War” Amazon Studios
Florian Munteanu “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios
Forest Whitaker “Respect” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Gary Sinise “Joe Bell” Solstice Studios
Gregory Diaz IV “In the Heights” Warner Bros
Himesh Patel “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
Idris Elba “Concrete Cowboy” Netflix
Idris Elba “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
J.K. Simmons “The Tomorrow War” Amazon Studios
Jack Huston “House of Gucci” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Jai Courtney “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
James Spencer Ashworth “The Souvenir Part II” A24
Jason Mamoa “Dune” Warner Bros
Javier Bardem “Dune” Warner Bros
Jeffrey Wright “No Time to Die” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Jeremy Irons “House of Gucci” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Jermaine Fowler “Coming 2 America” Amazon Studios
Jimmy Smits “In the Heights” Warner Bros
Joel Edgerton “The Green Knight” A24
Joel Kinnaman “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
John Cena “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
John Magaro “The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros
Jon Bernthal “The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros
Jon Hamm “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
Jonathan Groff “The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros
Josh Brolin “Dune” Warner Bros
Joshua Henry “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Netflix
Julio Torres “Together Together” Bleecker Street
Kevin Kline “The Starling” Netflix
Kieran Culkin “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
Kit Harington “Eternals” Marvel Studios
Kumail Nanjiani “Eternals” Marvel Studios
Lakeith Stanfield “The Harder They Fall” Netflix
Leslie Odom, Jr. “The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros
Lil Rel Howery “Free Guy” 20th Century Studios
Lucian-River Chauhan “Encounter” Amazon Studios
Luke Kirby “No Man of God” RLJE Films
Marc Anthony “In the Heights” Warner Bros
Mark O’Brien “Blue Bayou” Focus Features
Marton Csokas “The Last Duel” 20th Century Studios
Mathieu Amalric “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
Matt Smith “Last Night in Soho” Focus Features
Matthew Perry “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
Michaael Gandolfini “The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros
Michael Chiklis “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
Michael Rooker “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
Mike Faist “West Side Story” 20th Century Studios
Neil Patrick Harris “The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros
Noah Jupe “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
O-T Fagbenie “Black Widow” Marvel Studios
Oscar Isaac “Dune” Warner Bros
Owen Teale “Dream Horse” Bleecker Street
Owen Wilson “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
Paul Walter Hauser “Cruella” Disney Plus
Pete Davidson “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
Peter Capaldi “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
Peter Sarsgaard “The Lost Daughter” Netflix
Pierce Brosnan “False Positive” A24
Rami Malek “No Time to Die” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Ray Liotta “The Many Saints of Newark” Warner Bros
Ray Liotta “No Sudden Move” HBO Max
Ray Winstone “Black Widow” Marvel Studios
Reid Miller “Joe Bell” Solstice Studios
Richard Ayoade “The Souvenir Part II” A24
Richard E. Grant “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” Amazon Studios
Richard Jenkins “Nightmare Alley” Searchlight Pictures
Richard Madden “Eternals” Marvel Studios
Rob Morgan “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
Ron Perlman “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
Ron Perlman “Nightmare Alley” Searchlight Pictures
Rory Cochrane “Encounter” Amazon Studios
Sam Richardson “The Tomorrow War” Amazon Studios
Scott Haze “Old Henry” Shout! Studios
Sean Penn “Licorice Pizza” MGM/United Artists Releasing
Simon Helberg “Annette” Amazon Studios
Skeet Ulrich “Finch” Apple Original Films
Stanley Tucci “Worth” Netflix
Stellan Skarsgård “Dune” Warner Bros
Stephen McKinley Henderson “Bruised” Netflix
Stephen McKinley Henderson “Dune” Warner Bros
Stephen Park “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
Steven Yeun “The Humans” A24
Sylvester Stallone “The Suicide Squad” Warner Bros
Terence Stamp “Last Night in Soho” Focus Features
Timothée Chalamet “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
Timothée Chalamet “The French Dispatch” Searchlight Pictures
Timothy Olyphant “The Starling” Netflix
Toby Jones “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” Amazon Studios
Toni Servillo “The Hand of God” Netflix
Tony Goldwyn “King Richard” Warner Bros
Tony Hale “Being the Ricardos” Amazon Studios
Tony Leung “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios
Tracy Morgan “Coming 2 America” Amazon Studios
Tye Sheridan “The Card Counter” Focus Features
Tyler Perry “Don’t Look Up” Netflix
Vincent D’Onofrio “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” Searchlight Pictures
Vincent D’Onofrio “The Unforgivable” Netflix
Vincent Lindon “Titane” Neon
Vondie Curtis-Hall “Blue Bayou” Focus Features
Wesley Snipes “Coming 2 America” Amazon Studios
Willem Dafoe “The Card Counter” Focus Features
William Hurt “Black Widow” Marvel Studios
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II “The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros
Yuen Wah “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios
Zeljko Ivanek “The Last Duel” 20th Century Studios



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