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Sunday, February 19, 2017

89th Oscars: Best Supporting Actor

The nominees are:

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Role: Juan, a man who takes the film's protagonist under his wing and becomes his father figure, but whose occupation as a drug dealer has contributed to the hostile and unstable home environment that makes him suffer so much.

Oscar History: first nomination

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Role: Marcus Hamilton, a Texas Ranger chasing down a pair of brothers who have been carrying out a series of robberies at Texas Midland Bank branches.

Oscar History: 1 win for Best Actor for Crazy Heart (2009); 5 previous nominations for Best Supporting Actor for The Last Picture Show (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), and The Contender (2000), and for Best Actor for Starman (1984) and True Grit (2010)

Lucas Hedges, Manchester By the Sea

Role: Patrick Chandler, a teenager whose father has died and left him in the custody of his uncle, who is uncertain whether he's equipped to care for him.

Oscar History: first nomination

Dev Patel, Lion

Role: Saroo Brierley, a young man grappling with the enduring trauma of having been separated from his biological family when he was a child, who undertakes the seemingly impossible task of finding them again.

Oscar History: first nomination

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Role: Bobby Andes, a detective on the verge of retirement who decides to enact vigilante justice against a murderer he was previously forced to release.

Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Revolutionary Road (2008)

What I've Seen: Moonlight, Hell or High Water, Manchester By the Sea, Lion

My Pick: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Not Nominated, But Should Have Been: Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash

Predicted Winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

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