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Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette looks like the winner here, but can she survive this season with so many promising performances – and those that have already screened – featured in films that are more Oscar-friendly?

1. Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

2. Emma Stone for Birdman

3. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year

4. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

5. Carmen Ejogo for Selma

6. Carrie Coon for Gone Girl
7. Naomi Watts for St. Vincent
8. Mackenzie Foy for Interstellar
9. Jessica Lange for The Gambler
10. Rooney Mara for Trash

Other Possibilities: Laura Dern for Wild, Anna Kendrick for Into the Woods, Emily Blunt for Into the Woods, Oprah Winfrey for Selma, Katherine Waterston for Inherent Vice, Jessica Chastain for Interstellar, Imelda Staunton for Pride, Naomi Watts for Birdman, Marisa Tomei for Love is Strange, Reese Witherspoon for Inherent Vice, Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars, Niecy Nash for Selma, Shohreh Aghdashloo for Rosewater, Ellen Burstyn for Interstellar, Suzanne Clément for Mommy

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

J.K. Simmons delivers the kind of performance that can easily win, but where else will Whiplash be a factor? Looks like Edward Norton or Mark Ruffalo right now.

1. Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

2. Edward Norton for Birdman

3. Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi, for Unbroken

4. Neil Patrick Harris for Gone Girl

5. J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

6. Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
7. Tom Wilkinson for Selma
8. Tim Roth for Selma
9. Martin Short for Inherent Vice
10. Domnhall Gleeson for Unbroken

Other Possibilities: Tyler Perry for Gone Girl, Garrett Hedlund for Unbroken, Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice, Logan Lerman for Fury, Jaeden Lieberher for St. Vincent, Matthew Goode for The Imitation Game, James Corden for Into the Woods, Martin Sheen for Trash, Albert Brooks for A Most Violent Year, David Oyelowo for A Most Violent Year, Michael Peña for Fury, Robert Duvall for The Judge, Charlie Cox for The Theory of Everything, Michael Caine for Interstellar

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.