We handicap the nominees and analyze the Oscar odds for this year’s Best Supporting Actor. Let’s see which supporting actor takes home the hardware and cash in our Oscar picks.
Best Supporting Actor
Sylvester Stallone - Creed -333
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies +250
Tom Hardy – The Revenant +2000
Christian Bale – The Big Short +2000
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight +5000
The Oscar odds favorite as well as the sentimental choice to win this category rests solely with Sylvester Stallone for his reprisal in the role that has defined his career, Rocky Balboa. The Academy will no doubt have the faint whisper of lingering guilt beckoning across four decades when Stallone made his debut performance in this role and lost to Network’s Peter Finch. Stallone so seamlessly fits his alter ego that even the burgeoning star and icon-in-the-making Tom Hardy is a longshot for his performance in The Revenant as well as his ever expanding body of work.
Yet, it is important to consider that Stallone was not even nominated for the prestigious Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards while Mark Rylance and Christian Bale were. The winner of the SAG Best Supporting Actor Award turned out to be Idris Elba for his stunning portrayal as the Commandant in Beasts of No Nation. His exclusion set off a firestorm from other black actors suggesting the Academy Awards are the sole purview of white actors and the lack of diversity prejudicial.
But our job is not to debate the politics of the Academy, but simply determine who to include in our 2016 Oscar picks. A case can certainly be made for Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy, but the sentimental choice is ultimately the right choice. After forty years, Sly Stallone will finally have an Academy award to grace his mantle courtesy of an American cinematic icon that he alone created.
Oscar Pick for Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone -333
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