Arguably one of the most locked categories of the night is Supporting Actor. Unlike last year, this is the only acting category where the frontrunner has won all major precursors before Oscar night – the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG and BAFTA.
That is, of course, Mahershala Ali in Green Book. Ali is set to win his second Supporting Actor Oscar in as many years (the first for Moonlight in 2017), this time as a co-lead of his film. In the face of all of the controversies Green Book has came under it’s been Ali that has come out with the least amount of collateral damage. Poised when confronted with aggressive questioning (that weirdly came right to him and not to the film’s white writers and director) and generally regarded as one of the most generous and kind actors working, if Green Book falls in Original Screenplay (that WGA loss…) and Best Picture then this is the clear place to reward the film and for the Academy to feel good about doing so.
If there was an upset to be made it would come in the form of Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, who has charmed this awards season like absolutely no other. It would be one of the biggest upsets ever were it to happen so don’t count on it.
|1. Mahershala Ali – GREEN BOOK (BAFTA, BFCA, GG, SAG)|
|2. Richard E. Grant – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?|
|3. Adam Driver – BLACKkKLANSMAN|
|4. Sam Elliott – A STAR IS BORN|
|5. Sam Rockwell – VICE|
|BAFTA – British Film Academy Awards|
|BFCA – Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)|
|GG – Golden Globe|
|SAG – Screen Actors Guild|