2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

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Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino
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It's time to mint a new class of Academy Award winners. ET has spent the entire awards season sussing out which Oscar contenders would become nominees -- and now, which nominees will become winners. On Feb. 9, the Academy will hand out their little gold men, but until then, here's where things stand in the Best Supporting Actor race.

This year's Best Supporting Actor nominees are a who's who of Academy favorites. Even the least-nominated of the group has two nominations to his name. And while it's great to see Tom Hanks back in the mix -- his first nomination in over a decade -- alongside legends like Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, nobody seems to stand between Brad Pitt and his first acting Oscar. (He's only won as a producer on Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave.)

THE PREDICTIONS

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Who Will Win:

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Potential Spoiler:

Al Pacino, The Irishman


Also check out: Best PictureBest Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress


THE SCORECARD

Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The Role: Fred Rogers, America's most beloved children's television host and subject of an Esquire profile about heroes.

Oscar History: Two wins, for Best Actor in Philadelphia (1994) and in Forrest Gump (1995), with three additional nominations, for Best Actor in Big (1989), Saving Private Ryan (1999) and Cast Away (2001).

Awards season scorecard:

BAFTA Awards - Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Critics Choice Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes -- Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
SAG Awards - Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Nominee)


Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
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Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

The Role: Pope Benedict XVI, the outgoing, old school pope who must contend with the arrival of "Cool Pope" Francis to the Vatican.

Oscar History: One win, for Best Actor in The Silence of the Lambs (1992), with three additional nominations for Best Actor in The Remains of the Day (1994) and Nixon (1996) and Best Supporting Actor in Amistad (1998).

Awards season scorecard:

BAFTA Awards - Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Critics Choice Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes -- Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)


Al Pacino, The Irishman
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Al Pacino, The Irishman

The Role: Jimmy Hoffa, the crooked Teamster leader whose disappearance in 1975 remains unsolved to this day.

Oscar History: One win, for Best Actor in Scent of a Woman (1993), with seven additional nominations, for Best Supporting Actor in The Godfather (1973), Best Actor in Serpico (1974), The Godfather: Part II (1975), Dog Day Afternoon (1976), ...and justice for all. (1980), Best Supporting Actor in Dick Tracy (1991) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1993).

Awards season scorecard:

BAFTA Awards - Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Critics Choice Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes -- Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Hollywood Film Awards - Hollywood Supporting Actor Award (Winner)
SAG Awards - Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Nominee)


Joe Pesci, The Irishman
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Joe Pesci, The Irishman

The Role: Russell Bufalino, head of the notorious Bufalino mob family and mentor to Robert De Niro's character within the world of organized crime.

Oscar History: One win, for Best Supporting Actor in Goodfellas (1991), with an additional nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Raging Bull (1981).

Awards season scorecard:

BAFTA Awards - Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Critics Choice Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Golden Globes -- Best Supporting Actor (Nominee)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up)
National Society of Film Critics - Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up)
New York Film Critics Circle - Best Supporting Actor (Winner)
SAG Awards - Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Nominee)


Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Role: Cliff Booth, the longtime stunt double to Leonardo DiCaprio's character who unwittingly runs afoul of the Manson Family.

Oscar History: Three nominations, for Best Supporting Actor in Twelve Monkeys (1996), and Best Actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009) and Moneyball (2012).

Awards season scorecard:

BAFTA Awards - Supporting Actor (Winner)
Critics Choice Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Winner)
Golden Globes -- Best Supporting Actor (Winner)
National Board of Review - Best Supporting Actor (Winner)
National Society of Film Critics - Best Supporting Actor (Winner)
SAG Awards - Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Winner)


[This story was originally published on December 10, 2019.]

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