Oscars fantasy: If J.K. Simmons weren’t in race, who’d win Best Supporting Actor? (Poll)

This Oscars derby, J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) has such a stranglehold on the Best Supporting Actor race that it’s hard to imagine anyone overtaking him at this point. To shake things up a bit, we wanna know: What would happen if this frontrunner were to magically disappear from the race?

Which of Simmons’ rivals would Oscar voters be most likely to rally around: Robert Duvall (“The Judge”), Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), Edward Norton (“Birdman”) or Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”)? Vote in our poll below.

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Of this remaining quartet, Duvall is the only previous Oscar champ (“Tender Mercies,” 1983), while Hawke, Norton and Ruffalo are all prior nominees looking to score their first wins.

Simmons currently tops Gold Derby’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar chart according to the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors and Users with leading 1/10 odds. But if this first-time nominee weren’t in the race, who would Academy members choose to honor instead?

After voting in our poll, be sure to make your own Oscars picks — click here — or scroll down to predict the Best Supporting Actor winner using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Best predictions will win $1,000 prize. And the 24 Users with the best scores advance to a team to compete against our Experts and Editors next year. See who’s in our current Top 24 and their early Oscar predictions. Meet the guy who won our contest to predict Oscar nominations this year — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar. Register/log in to your account so you can also compete to predict the BAFTAs, Grammys, “The Walking Dead,” “Celebrity Apprentice” and more.

5 thoughts on “Oscars fantasy: If J.K. Simmons weren’t in race, who’d win Best Supporting Actor? (Poll)

  1. If J.K. Simmons wasn’t in the race, the film Academy(and Goldderby) would have picked Eddie Redmayne,even thought he wasn’t in THIS race either because he is Oscars’ “golden boy” for right now.Seriously it would be Edward Norton.

  2. Steve Carell! Sony would have pushed him here and clearly the Academy loves Foxcatcher more than we ever could have thought they would with a director and lead actor nomination. Lead in supporting, fake nose, etc. etc. it just adds up…

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