As all 29 of our Oscar experts predicted, J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor on Sunday night. He played the aggressively competitive music teacher Terrence Fletcher in “Whiplash” and had swept through awards season with victories at the Golden Globes, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and BAFTA.
Simmons was the only first-time nominee in this supporting category and was the overwhelming 1/10 favorite. His lengthy career, mostly as a character actor, has included “Burn After Reading,” “The Cider House Rules,” “Juno,” “Spider-Man,” “Thank You For Smoking,” and “Up in the Air.”
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, were tied for second place 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“) were tied for last with odds of 100/1.