Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2014

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Biggest Snub:

Neil Patrick Harris – Gone Girl

My Overall Thoughts:

This was actually a somewhat weak year for the role portrayed in this category, (even with 5 fine actors being nominated)but the one of them clearly was high above the rest throughout the entire award season

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Edward Norton
4. Mark Ruffalo
3. Robert Duvall
2. Ethan Hawke
1. J.K. Simmons


5. FoxcatcherA great sports biopic that is also disturbing to watch, but invites us deep inside a very complex and interesting true story. Not gonna be on my rewatch list so soon despite it being such a great story. Carell really loses himself in the character and it is so easy to forget who the actor is, which is essentially what we want.
4. The JudgeDowney Jr. and Duvall are amazing together. The seemingly generic themes are elevated by an interesting and complex storyline and the expertise of these two great actors.
3. WhiplashExcellent performances by Simmons and Teller make this movie such a disturbing pleasure to watch. Perfect example of a movie with a simple plot that is launched into the stratosphere by outstanding lead characters and the actors who portray them.
2. BoyhoodVery interesting and innovative kind of filmmaking but it’s still missing a real point in the end that keeps it from being spectacular. Linklater should be commended on his vision, but it feels too much like a documentary than a life changing story.
1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Not your normal, mainstream kind of Best Picture nominee, but it has a strong case for being the best both in term of technical film making and giving us an interesting story and character that we want to know more about and understand him.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – No Question about it!  JKS is superb in Whiplash and was by far the best performance of these 5 nominees

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

2 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2014

  1. Agree on Simmons 100%. I knew he’d win 10 seconds after I finished watching the movie. Disagree on “snub” for NPH. No biggie in that film. Carrie Coons got gypped. For me – the biggest “snub” was Ruffalo being nominated for Foxcatcher – when it should have been Channing Tatum. He had the better role and was better playing it.


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