Just 10 days ago, Michael Fassbender was the clear Best Supporting Actor frontrunner for his performance as an sadistic Southerner in “12 Years a Slave.” However, as more of our experts have seen “Dallas Buyers Club,” they are switching to Jared Leto, who plays a transgendered AIDS patient in this heartfelt biopic due out on Nov. 1. Will that shift continue with the recent revelation by Fassbender that he won’t be campaigning?
A dozen Experts still support Fassbender: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Mark Harris (Grantland), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out, Gawker), Steve Pond (TheWrap), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood)
Nine Experts back the bid by Leto: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Dave Karger (Fandango), Guy Lodge (HitFix), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Alex Suskind (Moviefone), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere).
And two Experts — Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) — still expect Tom Hanks to win his third Academy Award for playing all-time Oscar champ Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
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