Magazine article Variety

New Nominees Lead Supporting Actor Race

Magazine article Variety

New Nominees Lead Supporting Actor Race

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Beloved veteran actor Mark Rylance quietly slipped in and took the gold for his subtle work in "Bridge of Spies" last year, and this year could see another longtime actor finally get his due, should Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight"), Hugh Grant ("Florence Foster Jenkins"), Dev Patel ("Lion"), Michael Shannon ("Nocturnal Animals"), or Aaron Eckhart ("Bleed for This") land the prize.

But while these actors are well established, few of them are previous nominees. Only Shannon, JeffBridges ("Hell or High Water"), Kevin Costner ("Hidden Figures"), and Liam Neeson (an unknown quantity as "Silence" has yet to screen) have previously been nominated for an Academy Award. Then there is John Goodman, so heralded for his work in "10 Cloverfield Lane," who consistently delivers standout turns but has failed to ever land a nom. That probably won't change this year since "Cloverfield" is a genre pic, which is a shame.

Fresh faces abound, such as Lucas Hedges ("Manchester by the Sea") and the formidable casts of "Moonlight" and "Fences." (The latter has some well-known faces but not necessarily household names.) In fact, the two films offer up enough great performances to fill out the entire category with deserving actors. …

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