Supporting actors leading at the Oscars
By Paul Sheehan at GoldDerby
hollywoodnews.com: Our panel of pundits have winnowed the possible contenders in the Best Supporting Actor race down to just a handful of possibilities. On this, the diamond anniversary of this category at the Oscars, it is worth looking back at what sorts of roles have won this award over the first 74 years to predict who could prevail this year.
Among the winning archetypes of the past: Leading Man Slumming (George Clooney in “Syriana,” Jack Nicholson in “Terms of Endearment); Character Actor (Christoph Waltz in “Inglorious Basterds,” Chris Cooper in “Adaptation”); Mid-Life Crisis (Tim Robbins in “Mystic River,” Jason Robards in “Julia”), Young Buck (Timothy Hutton in “Ordinary People”); Grumpy Old Man (Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine,” two-time champ Melvyn Douglas in “Being There” and “Hud”); and Spry Ole Devil (Morgan Freeman in “Million Dollar Baby,” oldest ever-winner George Burns in “The Sunshine Boys”).
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