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Oscars poll: Who'll win best supporting actor?

October 29, 2010 |  3:48 pm

Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") dominated last year's Oscar race for supporting actor from the outset, but now there's no early front-runner.

Oscars supporting actorThere's a lot of support for Geoffrey Rush's flamboyant role as wily voice coach to Britain's stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech," but voters may feel been-there-done-that due to his 1996 lead actor win for "Shine."

What's curious is that this race isn't overshadowed by the kind of villainous role that ruled this category, with fiendish terror, in recent years (Christoph Waltz, Javier Bardem, Heath Ledger). However, there are a lot of bad-boy roles, including Sam Rockwell as a hooligan wrongly imprisoned for murder in "Conviction," Jeremy Renner as a bully bank robber in "The Town," Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are All Right") as a lothario who tries to break up a happy lesbian liaison and Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network") as Napster's founding rascal.

Rockwell has an edge — he's got a lead role hiding in this supporting race (always a plus). Renner holds an Oscar IOU, having top-lined last year's best picture, "The Hurt Locker," losing the lead actor race to Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart").

But two other bad-boy roles are standouts for other, personal reasons. Christian Bale gives a knock-out performance as a street thug turned boxing trainer in "The Fighter," but his personal woes may be foremost on voters' minds. They may want to embrace him as he rebounds from recent tabloid scandals. Michael Douglas won lead actor of 1987 as a heartless corporate raider in "Wall Street," but now that he reprises the role in the sequel, academy members may be eager to comfort him as he battles Stage 4 cancer.

Vote also in our poll asking: Who will win for best supporting actress?

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Photos: Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount), Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech" (Weinstein Co.)

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since i'm hearing Paul Rudd is so amazing in How do you know -- can he run in the supporting category? I think he's such an amazing actor.

I predict the nominees will be:

Jim Broadbent, "Another Year"
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street 2"
John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right"
Justin Timberlake, "The Social Network"

John Hawkes will pull out an upset win over Douglas. If you haven't seen Winter's Bone yet, I highly recommend it. Hawkes is amazing.

The Race in the Category Supporting Actor is just between:

Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech and Sam Rockwell - Conviction! I'm 100% sure that one of these men will win! No one can beat them! No Jim Broadbendt, Andrew Garfield, Josh Brolin, Bill Murray, Christian Bale, ... NO ONE!

But i see Sam Rockwell standing on the Stage and holding the Oscar in his hands! He is my personal favourite! Because he plays a real live person in a true story, he got early reviews, critics say he is phenomanal in it and the Academy snubbed him last year for his brilliant work in Moon! And Geoffrey Rush has won an Oscar before! So i think it's Sam Rockwell Time!

A while back I thought Murray had it in the bag. But now, his PR team is really slacking.

Justin doesn't belong on the list...his role could have been played by any number of actors and would have done a better job as well...

So far I want the nominees to be: 1) Bale - The Fighter, 2) Rush - The King's Speech, 3) Jim Broadbent - Another Year, 4) Andrew Garfield - The Social Network, and 5) Sam Rockwell - Conviction, w/ Bale for the win.

To Charlotte: No, just a lot of Dark Knight fanboys hoping that Christian Bale wins. I think the winner will (undeservingly) eventually be Michael Douglas for (the very mediocre) Wall Street 2. I imagine the media will push his Stage 4 cancer and the fact that no actor has ever won twice for playing the same character. He'll have the momentum from the media push 3 months from now. The only thing that could stop him would be if Rush or Bale sweep the critics awards (of which I think Rush would be the more likely pick).

so did someone (a journalist) finally see "the fighter"?


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