Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions: SUPPORTING ACTOR (May)

Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony/Columbia) Photo: Lacey Terrell

Still up in the air as to whether Tom Hanks or Matthew Rhys is the lead (or co-leads) of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood but since the film is based on the Esquire piece by Tom Junod (whom Rhys plays) I’m going to go with Hanks in supporting – a la his turn as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. That puts him at #1 for the month.

Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman hold court, each looking for returns to the Oscar stage. Neither Oscar-winning actor has been nominated since their wins over 25 years ago. Can both make it in? We finally saw it happen again just two years ago with Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards, with Rockwell winning. Pacino also has a small part in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, which only bolsters him here.

Speaking of Oscar winners looking for a comeback, Anthony Hopkins is aiming for a spot for The Pope. Unlike Pacino and Pesci, Hopkins was nominated three more times after his Best Actor win for 1991’s Silence of the Lambs. Going zucchetto-to-zucchetto with Jonathan Pryce as dueling popes for Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) seems too rich to pass up. Trouble is, Pacino, Pesci and Hopkins are all Netflix. Can the streamer really get three of five slots?

Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) could become one of the many directors who have steered themselves into a nomination for a film they’ve directed and he would do it not as the film’s lead but as its crucial supporting player. But is portraying Adolf Hitler in a satire going to play in 2019?

Elsewhere we have a handful of potential returning winners and nominees like Willem Dafoe (The Last Thing He Wanted), Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy) and John Lithgow (Untitled Roger Ailes aka Fair and Balanced) and, like Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Cannes premiere Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood next week.

Here are my 2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions in Supporting Actor for May 14, 2019.

1. Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony/Columbia)
2. Al Pacino – The Irishman (Netflix)
3. Anthony Hopkins – The Pope (Netflix)
4. Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
5. Joe Pesci – The Irishman (Netflix)
NEXT UP (alphabetical)
Sterling K. Brown – Waves (A24)
Willem Dafoe – The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix)
Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy (Warner Bros)
John Lithgow – Untitled Roger Ailes aka Fair and Balanced (Lionsgate)
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)
OTHER CONTENDERS (alphabetical)
Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari (20th Century Fox)
Antonio Banderas – The Laundromat (Netflix)
Jamie Bell – Rocketman (Paramount)
Peter Capaldi – The Personal History of David Copperfield (TBD)
Timothée Chalamet – The French Dispatch (TBD)
Timothée Chalamet – Little Women (Sony/Columbia)
Matt Damon – Ford v Ferrari (20th Century Fox)
Hugh Laurie – The Personal History of David Copperfield (TBD)
Ray Liotta – Untitled Noah Baumbach (Netflix)
Anthony Mackie – Against All Enemies (Amazon)
Richard Madden – Rocketman (Paramount)
Jonathan Majors – The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24)
Ian McKellen – Cats (Universal)
Leslie Odom, Jr. – Harriet (Focus Features)
Gary Oldman – The Laundromat (Netflix)
Timothy Olyphant – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)
Al Pacino – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Sony/Columbia)
Robert Pattinson – The Lighthouse (A24)
Jérémie Renier – Frankie (Sony Classics)
Sam Rockwell – Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Wesley Snipes – Dolemite is My Name (Netflix)
Lakeith Stanfield – Uncut Gems (TBD)
David Strathairn – Nomadland (Fox Searchlight)
Ben Whishaw – The Personal History of David Copperfield (TBD)
Jeffrey Wright – The Goldfinch (Amazon/Warner Bros)

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