Oscar Analysis: 'Gravity' and 'Hustle' tie, Oprah snubbed, and 'Wolf' un-shamed among Academy shocks and sure-things

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Best Supporting Actor

Who’s in:

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Given the vitriol directed toward The Wolf of Wall Street in recent weeks, I thought it didn’t have much chance in the acting categories. But it turns out the naysayers were just a loud minority, and the supporters saved their passion for their ballots. That’s how we got Jonah Hill on the list for his toothy, creepy performance as DiCaprio’s financial henchman in Wolf. This is a second supporting actor bid for the comic actor after 2011’s Moneyball, meaning we might want to start dropping the “comic” from that description — though, to be fair, there is always an element of humor.

This category still has an obvious front-runner: Jared Leto’s heart-wrenching performance as a charismatic transgender prostitute.

Prize Fighter Score: 4 for 5.

I thought the late James Gandolfini would make the cut for Enough Said, but Jonah Hill took that spot. My wild-card guess was Daniel Bruhl as Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda in Rush, but that didn’t happen either.

Next Page: The Best Supporting Actress race …

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