Oscars 2021

Oscars 2021

OSCARS 2021

2021 Oscars Awards Best Supporting Actor nominees: who are the candidates?

The 93rd Academy Awards will showcase the best in film-making from 2020 and Daniel Kaluuya, star of Judas and the Black Messiah is tipped to take home his first Oscar.

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2021 Oscars Awards Best Supporting Actor nominees: who are the candidates?
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The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles, California on Sunday evening as the great and the good of the silver screen battle it out for the most prestigious awards in the movie business.

The ceremony is set to begin at 8.30pm EDT (5.30 pm PDT) and will be hosted by an ensemble cast of around 15 big name hosts. The Best Supporting Actor award will be announced by last year’s winner, Brad Pitt, and there is a runaway favourite to pick up his first Oscar.

Nominations for Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya

Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom, Jr.

One Night in Miami...

Paul Raci

Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield

Judas and the Black Messiah

Favourite to win Best Supporting Actor

The clear favourite to pick up the gong for Best Supporting Actor is Daniel Kaluuya for his portrayal of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, in Judas and the Black Messiah. Kaluuya plays a very central part of Shaka King’s historical drama but has been nominated as a supporting actor here.

Kaluuya was nominated for Best Actor for his role in 2017’s Get Out but looks to have a much better shot of winning the prize this year. He has won Best Supporting Actor at every single televised awards show this year (Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics' Choice Awards and British Academy Film Awards) and looks like a dead-cert to pick up his first Oscar on Sunday.

Judas and the Black Messiah has actually provided two nominees for the Best Supporting Actor award with Kaluuya’s co-star, LaKeith Stanfield, also up for the award.

But despite Kaluuya’s dominance in previous awards shows there are other very worthy nominees this year. Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show in Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed The Trial of the Chicago 7, bringing a comedic flourish to the movie. He too has received just one nomination before, for 2006’s Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Also in the running is Paul Ricci, who played Joe in Sound of Metal. The Amazon Studios original follows a punk-metal drummer who losing his hearing and is up for six awards at Sunday’s ceremony. Riz Ahmed is on the shortlist for Best Actor while the film itself is up for the prestigious Oscars Best Picture.