Actually, the Supporting Actor race is interesting this year because there's a lot of possibilities, with few "locks." In fact, it's an open field, so I have taken some libery in my choices to go out on some limbs.
Predictions for Best Supporting Actor Nominationations
79th Academy Awards
With 12 nominations under his belt, he's a favorite in a film directed by Martin Scorcese, another favorite film maker.Adam Beach, Flags of our Fathers:
Eastwood, another Academy favorite film maker brings a patriotic story, with a unique character, and the star with the most buzz on his side. Obviously, a little tricky since there is so man supporting actors in this film, but I have a feeling the academy will be interested in honoring him for this performance.
Ben Affleck, Hollywoodland:
After winning the supporting actor award at Venice, Affleck became a real contender in this catagory. While the role was kind of weak in my opinion, it a role that Hollywood should surely appreciate.
Richard Griffiths, The History Boys:
Richard Griffiths is staring in the film which won him a Tony Award for Best Actor. Apparently, he's being campaigned for Best Supporting Actor, in a move that also worked for supporting actress Oscar winners who played Tony Award winning leads (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago and Bebe Neuwirth, Cabaret).
Djimon Hounsou, The Blood Diamond:
So, what can I say, I think Hounsou's an awesome actor, especially in Gladiator and In America, for which he received an academy award nomination. There are a lot of films about Africa this year, but director Edward Zwick will surely do a good job of making Hounsou look good, as he did with Watanabe in The Last Samurai. I know no one else on the plant is predicting a Hounsou nomination, but come on, it's October, can I guy go out on a limb?
The Many Other Possible Supporting Actor Contenders:
* Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
* Robert Downey Jr., Fur
* Gael Garcia Bernal, Babel
* Brad Pitt, Babel
* Michael Pena, World Trade Center
* Steve Carrell, Little Miss Sunshine
* Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
* Freddy Rodriguez, Bobby
* Jackie E. Haley, Little Children
* Brian Cox, Running With Scissors
* Tobey Maguire, The Good German
* James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland
*James Cromwell, The Queen
* Michael Caine, The Prestige
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