Past Oscar champ Jeff Bridges and potential newcomers Mahershala Ali and Lucas Hedges lead our Best Supporting Actor contenders for the 2017 Oscars. Ali (“Moonlight”), Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), and Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) are all current SAG Awards nominees and are the favorites according to our latest Gold Derby rankings set by 27 Oscar Experts with their predictions. The top 15 contenders are now featured in our revised photo gallery (view above).
Ali is the overall frontrunner with 9/5 odds for playing a Miami-based drug dealer and mentor to a young boy. He has no previous Oscar nominations. A total of 22 Experts are predicting him to prevail at the Academy Awards.
Bridges is in second place with 5/1 odds for playing a retiring Texas Ranger hunting for two bank robbers. He won an Oscar as Best Actor for “Crazy Heart” (2009) among his six career nominations. The other films were “The Last Picture Show” (1971), “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974), “Starman” (1984), “The Contender” (2000), and “True Grit” (2010). Two Experts are predicting him for a win.
Tied with him is Hedges with 5/1 odds for playing a high school student who must move in with his dour uncle in New England. He would also be a first-time contender if nominated and is the choice of one Expert to win this year.
Dev Patel has 7/1 odds in our fourth spot. For the film “Lion,” he plays the true-life role of an adopted man in Australia still looking for his birth family in India many years later. He has also never been nominated at the Oscars before.
Michael Shannon is in fifth place with 16/1 odds for playing a Texas detective searching for three murderers and rapists in “Nocturnal Animals.” His prior nomination was as Best Supporting Actor for “Revolutionary Road” (2008). One Expert is predicting him for a victory.
Hugh Grant is tied for the fifth spot with Shannon at 16/1 odds. In “Florence Foster Jenkins,” he plays the real-life role of an actor married to a society maven in New York City. He has yet to receive an Oscar nomination in his three-decade career.
Others in our photo gallery: Issei Ogata (“Silence”), Liam Neeson (“Silence”), Ben Foster (“Hell or High Water”), Kevin Costner (“Hidden Figures”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”), Simon Helberg (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Adam Driver (“Silence”), Jovan Adepo (“Fences”), and Mykelti Williamson (“Fences”).
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