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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Oscar season is officially underway. The 2020 Oscars will cap off an abbreviated awards season — this year’s telecast is scheduled for Feb. 9, weeks earlier than usual — and ET will keep you up-to-date with our latest predictions the entire time. Up until Jan. 13, when the Academy officially announces their nominations, keep checking back to this post to see who is in the running for Best Supporting Actor.

Also check out: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor

his year’s Best Supporting Actor race is shaping up to be a who’s who of Academy favorites. Even the wunderkind of the group, Timothée Chalamet, already has an Oscar nomination to his name. With two spots seemingly reserved for legends and The Irishman co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, who else will make the cut? Neither Willem Dafoe nor Sam Rockwell can seem to miss with the Academy is recent years, while America’s most beloved actor, Tom Hanks, is up for his first nomination in over a decade.

THE PREDICTIONS

The Top 5:

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Challengers:

Alan Alda, Marriage Story
Sterling K. Brown, Waves
Timothée Chalamet, Little Women
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
Song Kang Ho, Parasite
Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy
Sam Rockwell, Richard Jewell


Also check out: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress


THE SCORECARD

Timothée Chalamet, Little Women

The Role: Laurie, a neighbor and friend to the March sisters and admirer of Jo — though we all know who he ends up with.

Oscar History: One nomination, for Best Actor in Call Me By Your Name (2018).

Awards season scorecard:

 


Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

The Role: Thomas Wake, the keeper of the titular lighthouse who slowly goes mad once isolated with Robert Pattinson’s journeyman assistant.

Oscar History: Four nominations, for Best Supporting Actor in Platoon (1987), Shadow of the Vampire (2001) and The Florida Project (2018) and Best Actor in At Eternity’s Gate (2019).

Awards season scorecard:

Critics Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)


Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The Role: Fred Rogers, America’s most beloved children’s television host and subject of an Esquire profile about heroes.

Oscar History: Two wins, for Best Actor in Philadelphia (1994) and in Forrest Gump (1995), with three additional nominations, for Best Actor in Big (1989), Saving Private Ryan (1999) and Cast Away (2001).

Awards season scorecard:

Critics Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes — Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)


Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

The Role: Pope Benedict XVI, the outgoing, old school pope who must contend with the arrival of “Cool Pope” Francis to the Vatican.

Oscar History: One win, for Best Actor in The Silence of the Lambs (1992), with three additional nominations for Best Actor in The Remains of the Day (1994) and Nixon (1996) and Best Supporting Actor in Amistad (1998).

Awards season scorecard:

Critics Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes — Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)


Song Kang Ho, Parasite

The Role: Kim Ki-taek, the mostly-unemployed patriarch of the Kim family who schemes his way into a peachy new gig as chauffeur to a wealthy businessman.

Oscar History: This would be Kang Ho’s first nomination.

Awards season scorecard:

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Winner)


 

Al Pacino, The Irishman

The Role: Jimmy Hoffa, the crooked Teamster leader whose disappearance in 1975 remains unsolved to this day.

Oscar History: One win, for Best Actor in Scent of a Woman (1993), with seven additional nominations, for Best Supporting Actor in The Godfather (1973), Best Actor in Serpico (1974), The Godfather: Part II (1975), Dog Day Afternoon (1976), …and justice for all. (1980), Best Supporting Actor in Dick Tracy (1991) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1993).

Awards season scorecard:

Critics Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes — Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Hollywood Film Awards – Hollywood Supporting Actor Award (Winner)


Joe Pesci, The Irishman

The Role: Russell Bufalino, head of the notorious Bufalino mob family and mentor to Robert De Niro’s character within the world of organized crime.

Oscar History: One win, for Best Supporting Actor in Goodfellas (1991), with an additional nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Raging Bull (1981).

Awards season scorecard:

Critics Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes — Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up)
New York Film Critics Circle – Best Supporting Actor (Winner)


Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Role: Cliff Booth, the longtime stunt double to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character who unwittingly runs afoul of the Manson Family.

Oscar History: Three nominations, for Best Supporting Actor in Twelve Monkeys (1996), and Best Actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009) and Moneyball (2012).

Awards season scorecard:

Critics Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes — Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
National Board of Review – Best Supporting Actor (Winner)


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