2019 Oscars: Supporting Actor

Previously, in Jack’s 2019 Oscar coverage…

January 28 – Best Picture
January 31 – Editing
February 4 – Supporting Actress
February 7 – Leading Actor


February 14 – Leading Actress
February 18 – Director
February 19 – Original Screenplay
February 20 – Adapted Screenplay
February 21 – Cinematography
February 24 – Final Predictions on Oscar Night

Today…Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Who will win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Who could win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Who should win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Who should be here: Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

If I had a magic eight ball – Oscar style – it would say that all signs point to Mahershala Ali picking up his second golden statue in three years in the supporting category. This is something of a coup for the former House of Cards actor, since he was essentially the co-lead of the wonderful Green Book, getting almost as much screen time as lead actor nominee Viggo Mortensen. The two had such great chemistry together on screen that it makes you wish there was an Oscar for best cast.

There doesn’t seem to be anyone else in the running at press-time, though my feeling is that Sam Elliott might be the one. Elliott had limited screen time, but his performance was heartfelt and fit in perfectly with Bradley Cooper’s. His nomination was a bit surprising, given that he didn’t pick up a Globe nom. More surprising is that this is the 74 year old actor’s first shot at an Oscar, despite all of his iconic roles in the past.

Up for his second time is defending winner Sam Rockwell, who went from a racist cop in last year’s Three Billboards to playing former President George W. Bush. Rounding out the category are a pair of first-time nominees in Adam Driver and Richard E. Grant. Driver’s been threatening to take a run at a gold statue for a while now, and should have picked up his first nomination two years ago for the criminally underrated Paterson. Grant, a veteran British actor, damn near stole the show against the dour Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me.

I don’t have a lot of gripes with this list, but would like to have seen some recognition for the trio of wonderful performances in Beautiful Boy. Timothee Chalamet, who lost 25 pounds and learned to mimic the behavior of drug addicts, would have been a solid addition to this group.