A less tough category than ‘supporting actress’, but there were still plenty of impressive performances this year to make the ‘supporting actor’ category an exciting Oscar run. I have at least a very long long-list.
Mark Strong in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Paul Giamatti in Ironclad
John C. Reilly in Carnage
George Clooney in The Ides of March
Ralph Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
James Cromwell in The Artist
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Albert Brooks in Drive
Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
John Hawkes in Martha Marcy May Marlene
Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method
Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Tom Hanks in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
If you ask me now for five likely nominees I say Reilly, Plummer, Brooks, Hawkes and von Sydow, although I am still to see quite a number of these films.