All 28 of our Oscar Experts predict that J.K. Simmons will win Best Supporting Actor for “Whiplash.” That overwhelming support gives this rookie nominee leading odds of 1/10. This veteran character actor has already prevailed at the Golden Globes, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and BAFTA awards.
Edward Norton, who reaped his third nomination for “Birdman,” and “Boyhood” featured player Ethan Hawke, who has contended once before in this category as well as twice for Adapted Screenplay, are tied for second with odds of 50/1.
And 1983 Best Actor champ Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies”), who reaped the seventh bid of his career for “The Judge,” and two-time nominee Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher“) are tied for third with odds of 100/1.
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