The 86th Annual Academy Awards air at 8 p.m. this Sunday on ABC. Here are our predictions in the six main categories:
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine); Julia Roberts (August: Osage County); Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave); Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle); June Squibb (Nebraska).
Ryan: Arguably the biggest unknown of the major categories, the Best Supporting Actress race will ultimately be between ingénues Nyong’o and Lawrence. Both give scene-stealing performances and both would be worthy winners. Ultimately, I believe Lawrence will pull the rare trick of being a back-to-back Oscar winner.
Andy: With a great crop of performances, it is appropriate that the race for Best Supporting Actress seems so up in the air. Sally Hawkins gives the type of performance that is difficult to maintain, but is often overlooked by the Academy. Her nomination is noteworthy, but it is unlikely that she will win. June Squibb was great in Nebraska, but her nomination is a kind of recognition for a lifetime of work. Nyong’o gives a surprisingly subtle performance for such an over-the-top story, and she certainly deserves an Oscar. Ultimately, I agree with Ryan that Lawrence’s just-as-good, but flashier performance will take home the statue.
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips); Bradley Cooper (American Hustle); Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street); Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave); Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Andy: Another category teeming with great performances, Best Supporting Actor looks to be a three-person race. Cooper and Hill were both great, but do not seem like realistic options to win. Jared Leto is the odds-on favorite, but I personally like Abdi’s ability to be both gritty and deeply human at the same time. Michael Fassbender may have given the most impactful performance of the year, so it would be easy to be happy with any of those three winning.