Oscars 2011: Countdown to the Throw Down – Supporting Actor/Actress & Animated Feature

With the Oscars only a few days away, it’s time to break down the biggest categories and take our stab at who is going to walk away with the coveted Golden Statue on awards night.

Today we’re going to be looking at the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Category. Hit the jump for a category-by-category breakdown and the picks of the staff, and also put in your votes at the end of each category!!

WOO OSCARS!!

Best Supporting Actor

And the Nominees Are:

–          Christian Bale – The Fighter
–          John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
–          Jeremy Renner – The Town
–          Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
–          Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

How it all breaks down…According to Monty:

Christian Bale is the overwhelming favorite in this category, essentially sweeping all the major awards so far, such as the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors’ Guild awards.  His performance as Dickie Ecklund has turned heads since the first trailer for The Fighter hit theaters, and it should be able to carry him to the top.  However, there are those that can spoil the party.  Don’t worry about John Hawkes, he’s in the “Honor to be Nominated” category.  Mark Ruffalo is one of those characters that could possibly make an impact, especially since The Kids Are All Right is starting to catch a little bit of heat late in the game, but he’s not much of a threat.  That brings it down to Renner and Rush.  Rush’s performance has been highly lauded, but has been covered up with the performance of Firth.  In the Oscars, you never see two high-caliber performances equaling two awards, so I’m scratching him out.  Now Renner…was amazing in The Town.  Ever since the film came out there has been a massive push for his candidacy for the awards.  He could steal it.

Bryan’s Winner by Default: Christian Bale – The Fighter

Bryan’s Winner if Hell Freezes Over: Jeremy Renner – The Town

Bryan’s Winner if the Academy Finally Pulls Their Head Out of Their…– Christian Bale – The Fighter

Andy’s Pick – Christian Bale – The Fighter

Emily’s Pick – Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress

And the Nominees Are….

–          Amy Adams – The Fighter
–          Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
–          Melissa Leo – The Fighter
–          Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
–          Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

How it all breaks down…According to Monty:

Once again, there is a clear front-runner in this category, and it’s from The Fighter.  You have  to feel bad for Mark Wahlberg, he is truly in the presence of giants in this film, and there is no chance for him to win Best Actor (Something we’ll get into on Thursday).   It’s sick that Hailee Steinfeld got the nod, it won’t be her last, she did a great job in this film.  That said, Melissa Leo should take this award.  Like Bale, she has completely cleaned house so far this year, and it’s not going to end on Sunday. Her performance as a total and complete narcicistic control-freak is going to turn heads for years to come.  For Adams, Carter, Steinfeld and Weaver, good luck next year. Game over.

Bryan’s Winner – Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Bryan’s Winner if Hell Freezes Over – Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Bryan’s Winner if the Academy Finally Pulls Their Head Out of Their…–  Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Andy’s Pick – Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Emily’s Winner – Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Best Animated Feature

And the Nominees Are:

–          How to Train Your Dragon
–          The Illusionist
–          Toy Story 3

How it all breaks down…According to Monty:

If you think this is a competition, then get out from under your rock and go see Toy Story 3. Please…this isn’t even close.

Bryan’s Winner – Toy Story 3

Bryan’s Winner if Hell Freezes Over – Toy Story 3 (Not even full-scale Armageddon can stop this film from winning this award)

Bryan’s Winner if the Academy Finally Pulls Their Head Out of Their…– Toy Story 3

Andy’s Pick – Toy Story 3

Emily’s Winner – Toy Story 3

Tomorrow we get into the nitty-gritty of it all – starting with Best Director. Until then, polish up those awards, and here we go!

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