This year, it seems if your name starts with the letter 'j' then you're in the hunt for best supporting actor. Be it John, Jared, Jeremy or James they are filling up the ranks of contenders. However, it's one thing to be in the hunt, and another to be closing in on the Oscar itself. Here's how best supporting actor is shaking out right now.
1. Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
2. Tom Hanks – Saving Mr. Banks
3. Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
4. Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
5. Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
6. Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
7. John Goodman – Inside Llewyn Davis
8. Daniel Bruhl – Rush
9. Jeremy Renner – American Hustle
10. James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Read list to find out why these are the men vying to be crowned this year's best.