2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (UPDATED: October 10)

As with the award for leading men, the winner of Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars is usually one of the more seasoned competitors. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Mahershala Ali won for “Green Book.” He had previously prevailed in 2017 for “Moonlight.” He was the 29th winner of this award to be in his 40s. Sam Rockwell, who won in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the 30th, having picked up this prize eight months before he turned 50. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

A lucky 13 winners were in their 50s and 11 more were in their 60s. For eight men, it took till they were in their 70s to win while two (George Burns for “The Sunshine Boys” and Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”) were north of 80 when they took home their only Oscars. Conversely, only four Best Supporting Actor champs were in their 20s and just 14 have been thirtysomething.

While Ali was featured in only a few scenes in “Moonlight,” they were pivotal ones. Conversely, in “Green Book” his character was at the center of the story and he could well have contended in lead alongside co-star Viggo Mortensen.

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UPDATED: October 10, 2019

Please note: Only those films with confirmed release dates are listed below. Check back often as new contenders are scheduled while other are dropped due to delays or critical reaction. To read full descriptions of each film, check out our Best Picture predictions. Certain contenders are also included in the Best Actor round-up, pending confirmation of campaign strategies.

Leading Contenders

Timothee Chalamet, “Little Women” (Sony – December 25)

Jamie Foxx, “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. – December 25)

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (Sony – November 22)

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes” (Netflix – November 27; streams December 20)

John Lithgow, “Bombshell” (Lionsgate – December 20)

Al Pacino, “The Irishman” (Netflix – November 1; streams Nov. 27)

Joe Pesci, “The Irishman” (Netflix – November 1; streams Nov. 27)

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony – July 26)

SEE 2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

Strong Contenders

Sterling K. Brown, “Waves” (A24 – November 1)

Chris Cooper, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (Sony – November 22)

Willem Dafoe, “Motherless Brooklyn” (Warner Bros. – November 1)

Robert De Niro, “Joker” (Warner Bros. – October 4)

Idris Elba, “Cats” (Universal – December 20)

Ian McKellen, “Cats” (Universal – December 20)

Gary Oldman, “The Laundromat” (Netflix – September 27; streams October 18)

Sam Rockwell, “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight – October 18)

Ben Whishaw, “The Personal History of David Copperfield” (Fox Searchlight – Fall)

SEE 2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

Possible Contenders

Alan Alda, “Marriage Story” (Netflix – November 6; streams December 6)

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” (Focus – September 20)

Joel Edgerton, “The King” (Netflix – October 11; streams November 1)

Ethan Hawke, “The Truth” (IFC – Fall)

Aldis Hodge, “Clemency” (Neon – December 27)

Richard Madden, “Rocketman” (Paramount – May 31)

Russell Tovey, “The Good Liar” (Warner Bros. – November 15)

Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight – October 18)

Bokeem Woodbine, “Queen & Slim” (Universal – November 27)

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Click on the linked categories below to read our previews of each of these races.

Best Picture | Best Director

Best Actor | Best Actress | Best Supporting Actor | Best Supporting Actress

Best Adapted Screenplay | Best Original Screenplay

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