OSCARS 2013: Know Your Nominees: Best Supporting Actor

In the days leading up to the 85th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Alan Arkin

alan arkinNominated for: Playing a Hollywood producer working with the CIA in Argo.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Arkin has a storied, fifty plus year career. Notable films are The In-Laws, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming,The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, and The Rocketeer.

History with Oscar:

Alan Arkin has three previous nominations and one win.

1967: Best Actor, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (Lost to Paul Scofield, A Man For All Seasons).

1969: Best Actor, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Lost to Cliff Robertson, Charly).

2007: Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Little Miss Sunshine (Won).

 

Robert DeNiro

deniroNominated for: Playing an obsessive compulsive father in  Silver Linings Playbook.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Supporting Actor of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know him from:

DeNiro is one of the most honored actors of his generation. A sampling of his films include Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Godfather, Part II, Meet the Parents, and many, many more.

History with Oscar:

Robert DeNiro has won two Oscars and been nominated seven times in total.

1975: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Godfather, Part II (Won)

1977: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Taxi Driver (Lost to Peter Finch, Network)

1979: Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Deer Hunter (Lost to Jon Voight, Coming Home)

1981: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Raging Bull (Won)

1991: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Awakenings (Lost to Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune)

1992: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Cape Fear (Lost to Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs)

 

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

phillip seymour hoffmanNominated for: Playing the charismatic leader of the Scientology-like The Cause in The Master.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Volpi Cup, Best Actor, Venice Film Festival

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Hoffman is known mostly for his supporting roles in films as varied as Twister and Patch Adams to The Big Lebowski. He has also made five films with director Paul Thomas Anderson, including The Master.

History with Oscar:

Phillip Seymour Hoffman has four Oscar nominations and one win.

2006: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Capote (Won).

2008: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Charlie Wilson’s War (Lost to Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men).

2009: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Doubt (Lost to Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight).

 

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones-MTO-006248Nominated for: Playing abolitionist Senator Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Starting with debut in 1970s Love Story, Tommy Lee Jones has had a long and varied acting career. He is most known for his work in the Men In Black franchise in film and the Lonesome Dove series on television.

History with Oscar:

Tommy Lee Jones has three previous nominations and one win.

1992: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, JFK (Lost to Jack Palance, City Slickers)

1994: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Fugitive (Won)

2008: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role , In the Valley of Elah (Lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood).

Christoph Waltz

editNominated for: Playing a German bounty hunter in pre-Civil War America in Django Unchained.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Austin Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Supporting Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know him from:

While he has an extensive career in Germany, Waltz is just starting to make his name in the States with his work with Quentin Tarantino, and roles in The Green Hornet, Carnage and Like Water for Elephants.

History with Oscar:

Christoph Waltz is batting a thousand when it comes to the Oscar’s.

2010: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Inglourious Basterds (Won).

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