Countdown to the Oscars: Best Supporting Actor

Compact Culture

What if I told you the following actors were nominated for their supporting performances this year?

Jacob Tremblay, Room

Oscaar Isaac, Ex Machina

Benicio Del Toro, Sicario

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Nick Nolte, A Walk in the Woods

Before the nominations were official or #OscarsSoWhite started trending, the names above were at the top of my list. Not because they are older and whiter (which with the exception of Nick Nolte they are not), but because they surrendered themselves for their characters in ways that the personas of this year’s nominated supporting actors did not.

We’ve seen Sylvester Stallone play Rocky for DECADES. Moreover, we’ve seen Christian Bale as the flawed outsider (The Prestige, American Hustle, and The Machinist); Tom Hardy as the brooding dirt bag (Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road); Mark Ruffalo as the teddy bear (Avengers and Foxcatcher

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