J.K. Simmons is rushing, not dragging, to take the honor of Best Supporting Actor winner of the decade. The veteran performer earned 36% of the vote in our recent poll asking Gold Derby readers to select their favorite Best Supporting Actor champion of the 2010s. Simmons won for his iconic performance as ruthless jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in 2014’s “Whiplash.”
Taking second in our poll was Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) with 17% of the vote, followed closely by Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) with 15%. Next up was Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”), racking up 12%, with the most recent winner, Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), taking 9%. Behind the others were Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) at 6% and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) at 5%.
Simmons’ victory in 2014 was a classic case of a beloved workmanlike actor finally finding the perfect role. Having steadily worked in supporting roles since the early 1990s, Simmons never earned much acclaim until “Whiplash” where he swept all the major (and most of the minor) Supporting Actor awards leading up to the Oscars.
The actor continues to be a presence in both film and television, in addition to those ubiquitous Farmers Insurance commercials. Simmons is set to star in the upcoming “Justice League” movie as Commissioner Gordon out this November, in addition to a series regular role on a new Starz series called “Counterpart” in 2018.
Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23.