OSCARS 2017: Know Your Nominees: Best Supporting Actor

In the days leading up to the 89th 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 is what you need to know your nominees for Best Supporting Actor.

Mahershala Ali

Nominated for: Playing a crack dealer who mentors the lead character in Moonlight.

Other honors for this role:

He has been nominated 49 other times for this role and has won 35 awards, most notably the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Where you might know him from:

He has appeared in Netflix TV Shows such as Luke Cage and House of Cards and appeared on the big screen in Predators, The Free State of Jones and Hidden Figures.

History with Oscar:

This is Ali’s first nomination.

Jeff Bridges

Nominated for: Playing A Texas Ranger hunting two bank robbers in Hell or High Water.

Other awards for this role:

Bridges has received 36 other nominations for this role, winning 19 awards.

Where you might know him from:

Bridges is The Dude in The Big Lebowski and was Obadiah Stane in Iron Man. He is also the son of Lloyd Bridges and the brother of Beau Bridges.

History with Oscar:

This is Jeff Bridges’ seventh Oscar nomination. He has one win.

2011:Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, True Grit (Lost to Colin Firth, The King’s Speech)

2010:Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Crazy Heart (Won)

2001: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Contender (Lost to Benicio del Toro, Traffic)

1985: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Starman (Lost to F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus)

1975: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Lost to Robert DeNiro, The Godfather, Part )

1972: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Last Picture Show (Lost to Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show)

Lucas Hedges

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Nominated for: Playing the orphaned teen nobody seems to want in Manchester by the Sea.

Other awards for this role:

Hedges has received 27 nominations for this role, and has two 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place finishes amongst those nominations.

Where you might know him from:

Hedges is a relative film novice. His most notable work might be his role on the TV series, The Slap.

History with Oscar:

This is Lucas Hedges’ first Oscar nomination.

Dev Patel

Nominated for: Playing an adopted Indian man searching for his birth family in Lion.

Other awards for this role:

Rylance has been nominated a 19 times in this category in lesser awards, and has walked away with 6 awards, most notably the 2017 BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor.

Where you might know him from:

He is known best for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

History with Oscar:

This is Dev Patel’s first Oscar nomination.

Michael Shannon

Nominated for: Playing a driven police detective in the novel inside the movie that is Nocturnal Animals.

Other awards for this role:

Stallone has received 26 other nominations for this role, and has taken home 7 awards for his effort.
Where you might know him from:

Michael Shannon has made a career out of playing intense characters ranging from Zod in The Man of Steel to Elvis in Elvis and Nixon.

History with Oscar:

This is Michael Shannon’s second Oscar nomination.

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

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