Best Supporting Actor
- Christian Bale, The Big Short
- Tom Hardy, The Revenant
- Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
- Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
- Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Yo, Adrian. you can send the other nominees home – such is the heat generated by the resurgence of Rocky. Even Bale, Ruffalo and Hardy can't survive that comeback offensive.
Should Win: Rylance
The one actor who could block the Rocky siege. As a Russian spy being traded for one of ours in Steven Spielberg's old-school spy thriller, Rylance is a marvel of subtlety and wit. Fans could launch a Rylance campaign. Would it help? Probably not.
Will Win: Stallone
His widely acclaimed, easy-does-it return to his most beloved role is impossible to resist. He lost the 1976 Oscar (to Network's Peter Finch) for playing Rocky the first time. It won't happen again.
Robbed: Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) — I'd boycott for this slight alone. Sure, Michael Keaton and Liev Schreiber nailed their roles in Spotlight. And Paul Dano captured the talent and torment of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy. And nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay deserved at least half the acting credit for Room. But Elba is peerless as the West African warlord who trains children to kill. I once wrote that the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor should have Elba's name on it. I stand by that statement, though Academy ignorance has made that impossible.