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Best Actress in a Supporting Role

So many contenders, so few who have firm standing. Patricia Arquette looks like the winner here – she’s the only “lock” thus far. But can she survive this season with so many promising performances – and those that have already screened – featured in films that are more Oscar-friendly? Speaking of which, is Meryl Streep going supporting for Into the Woods? Everyone seems to be of a different mind on that one. With Chastain going lead for Violent, she’ll push her Interstellar turn for a supporting bid.

1. Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

2. Emma Stone for Birdman

3. Jessica Chastain for Interstellar

4. Carmen Ejogo for Selma

5. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

6. Laura Dern for Wild
7. Mackenzie Foy for Interstellar
8. Carrie Coon for Gone Girl
9. Jessica Lange for The Gambler
10. Gabrielle Union for Top Five

Other Possibilities: Vanessa Redgrave for Foxcatcher, Rooney Mara for Trash, Naomi Watts for St. Vincent, Anna Kendrick for Into the Woods, Emily Blunt for Into the Woods, Oprah Winfrey for Selma, Katherine Waterston for Inherent Vice, Imelda Staunton for Pride, Viola Davis for Get on Up, Naomi Watts for Birdman, Reese Witherspoon for Inherent Vice, Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars, Niecy Nash for Selma, Ellen Burstyn for Interstellar, Kristen Stewart for Still Alice, Rene Russo for Nightcrawler

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role

J.K. Simmons delivers the kind of performance that can – and often does – win, but Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi, Martin Short, and Tom Wilkinson, among others, might also give “that kind of performance” this year. (And where else will Whiplash be a factor?) This looks like Edward Norton or Mark Ruffalo right now.

1. Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

2. Edward Norton for Birdman

3. Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi, for Unbroken

4. J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

5. Tom Wilkinson for Selma

6. Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
7. Neil Patrick Harris for Gone Girl
8. Tim Roth for Selma
9. Martin Short for Inherent Vice
10. Domnhall Gleeson for Unbroken

Other Possibilities: Tyler Perry for Gone Girl, Garrett Hedlund for Unbroken, Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice, Logan Lerman for Fury, Jaeden Lieberher for St. Vincent, Matthew Goode for The Imitation Game, James Corden for Into the Woods, Martin Sheen for Trash, Albert Brooks for A Most Violent Year, David Oyelowo for A Most Violent Year, Michael Peña for Fury, Robert Duvall for The Judge, Charlie Cox for The Theory of Everything, Michael Caine for Interstellar, Robert Duvall for The Judge

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.