THE CONTENDERS: Best Supporting Actor

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9/19 Thoughts: I’m vacillating on Albert Brooks. After taking in “Drive” again this weekend, and seeing him hit the press rounds, I don’t know. It could happen. It would totally be a story worth driving (no pun intended) through the season. The person to watch here, though, is Ezra Miller.

Good bets:
1. Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Other possibilities:
2. Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
3. Albert Brooks, “Drive”
4. Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn”
5. Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
6. Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult”
7. Brad Pitt, “The Tree of Life”
8. George Clooney, “The Ides of March”
9. Ezra Miller, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
10. Jim Broadbent, “The Iron Lady”

Dark horses:
11. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Ides of March”
12. David Thewlis, “The Lady”
13 Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
14. Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”
15. John Hawkes, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

The rest of the field:
Niels Arestrup, “War Horse”
Gerard Butler, “Coriolanus”
Vincent Cassel, “A Dangerous Method”
Thomas Haden Church, “Killer Joe”
Thomas Haden Church, “We Bought a Zoo”
Brian Cox, “Coriolanus”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “War Horse”
Laramie Eppler, “The Tree of Life”
Michael Fassbender, “Jane Eyre”
Laurence Fishburne, “Contagion”
Colin Firth, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Robert Forster, “The Descendants”
Ben Foster, “Rampart”
Paul Giamatti, “The Ides of March”
Richard E. Grant, “The Iron Lady”
Tom Hanks, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Tom Hardy, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Emile Hirsch, “Killer Joe”
Anthony Hopkins, “360”
Anthony Head, “The Iron Lady”
Tom Hiddleston, “War Horse”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Moneyball”
John Hurt, “Melancholia”
John Hurt, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Ice Cube, “Rampart”
José Julián, “A Better Life”
Ben Kingsley, “Hugo”
Jude Law, “Contagion”
Jude Law, “Hugo”
Jude Law, “360”
Christopher Lee, “Hugo”
Josh Lucas, “J. Edgar”
Eddie Marsan, “Tyrannosaur”
Viggo Mortensen, “A Dangerous Method”
Christopher Plummer, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Alan Rickman, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Ralph Fiennes, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Seth Rogen, “50/50”
Seth Rogen, “Take This Waltz”
Geoffrey Rush, “The Eye of the Storm”
J.K. Simmons, “The Music Never Stopped”
Mark Strong, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Keifer Sutherland, “Melancholia”
David Thewlis, “War Horse”
Patrick Wilson, “Young Adult”