The 2024 Oscars season is heating up, and we’re already buzzing with excitement about who might be nominated for the coveted Best Supporting Actor award. While the final nominations will depend on the outcomes of the film festival circuit and other factors, we’ve compiled a list of 2024 Oscars predictions based on trends, historical data, and industry buzz. Let’s take a closer look at the potential nominees and some other strong contenders.
The Top Contenders
1. Robert De Niro – “The Killers of the Flower Moon”
Robert De Niro, a legendary actor, hasn’t won an Oscar since 1981 for his role in “Raging Bull,” another Martin Scorsese film. A win for “The Killers of the Flower Moon” would mark a 42-year gap between his Oscar wins. De Niro is already regarded as one of the best actors of all time, and early indications suggest his performance in this film is exceptional.
2. Robert Downey Jr. – “Oppenheimer”
After playing Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr. takes on a powerful role in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.” His performance has garnered positive reviews, reminding us of his outstanding acting skills. Downey Jr.’s portrayal includes a moment of intense emotion that could earn him Oscar recognition and showcase his versatility as an actor.
3. Ryan Gosling – “Barbie”
While it might be surprising to see Ryan Gosling nominated, his unique and technically perfect performance in “Barbie” could make him a strong contender. Gosling’s comedic genius in the film adds to its uniqueness, and his performance aligns with the trends of the supporting actor category.
4. John Magaro – “Past Lives”
John Magaro delivers a nuanced and empathetic portrayal of a character navigating a mature love triangle in “Past Lives.” What should be like a villainous role, Magaro’s empathetic and endearing performance elevates the film and the character, making him a compelling nominee.
5. Charles Melton – “May December”
In a film starring powerhouse actors like Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, Charles Melton nearly steals the show with his sensitive and stoic portrayal. The Best Supporting Actor category often welcomes newcomers, and Melton’s performance as a character who never had the chance to be a teenage boy is both powerful and memorable.
Other Strong Contenders
While these five actors are early frontrunners, the Best Supporting Actor category at the 2024 Oscars promises to be competitive. Keep an eye on these potential contenders as well:’
- Glenn Howerton – “Blackberry”: Early reports suggest a strong performance, but the competition may be tough.
- Willem Dafoe – “Poor Things”: A respected figure in the industry, Hanks’ eccentric film might find a place depending on its reception.
- Jesse Plemons – “The Killers of the Flower Moon”: Similar to his previous nomination for “The Power of the Dog,” Plemons could be a strong contender in multiple categories.
- Richard E. Grant – “Saltburn”: With the right guidance, Grant’s strong acting skills could secure him a nomination.
- Matt Bomer – “Maestro”: Bradley Cooper’s directorial prowess could give Bomer a chance in this category.
These early predictions are subject to change as more information becomes available throughout the year. The 2024 Oscars season promises to be highly competitive, especially in the Best Supporting Actor category, with exceptional performances from industry veterans and newcomers alike. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the awards season.
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