Monday, March 15, 2021

Oscar Nominees: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

My predictions: 4/5, picking Chadwick Boseman over Stanfield
My ballot: Coming soon!
The nominees: Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Kaluuya, Leslie Odom Jr., Paul Raci, Lakeith Stanfield

I’m not usually so bothered by category fraud since it happens often and, if a performance is good, it’s great to see it honored in any race. The argument could certainly be made – and has been – that the spectacular Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) is the lead of his film. If he’s not, and he’s the supporting player, there’s no way that the other character from the film’s title, Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah) is somehow also supporting. I like Stanfield and he is good in the film, but his inclusion here doesn’t make any sense, especially given the wealth of true supporting characters even within the ensemble of “The Trial of the Chicago 7” alone. He didn’t really bump anyone out since Boseman got nominated for his more notable performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” though I was really hoping that Alan S. Kim would be here for “Minari.” The big get was Paul Raci (Sound of Metal), who made it through despite snubs from the Golden Globes and SAG. Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami) are welcome representatives of their superb ensembles.

My current bet to win: Even with a costar in the mix, I think Kaluuya is out front.

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