It is an understatement to say 2013 was a great year for actors. The academy had it difficult coming up with only five nominees per category leaving out actors whose performances are as strong as the ones in. The more you see Redford, Hanks and Thompson, among others, the more you think, “What the heck happened to the Academy?” but then you see the nominees and you realize it’s tight. Maybe, the academy should have been more flexible and add two more slots, an experiment they have been dealing with the Best Picture of the Year.
In the Supporting actor category the story is the same although (as in Best Actress and Actor) the favorite has been sung long time ago and makes it a One-man race, but if you see the quality of work, you realize how much we will miss some of the ones who won’t go home with the trophy.
The nominees were announced early February and they include:
Barkhad Abdi for Captain Philips
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
The favorite? Leto
The runner up? Fassbender
The close possibility? Bradley Cooper
Let’s just take a look at their performance and body of work.