Like Best Supporting Actress, the Best Supporting Actor category has, in industry awards, differed from the critics. Willem Dafoe was an overwhelming critic favorite. But Sam Rockwell has swept the precursors like Allison Janney has, winning the Golden Globe, the Indie Spirit award, the Critics’ Choice award, the BAFTA award and the SAG award.
Plenty of people in the industry adore Willem Dafoe, but he needed some kind of bump to hang on here.
Willem Dafoe — The Florida Project
Sam Rockwell — Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins — The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer — All the Money in the World
Woody Harrelson — Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Will win: Sam Rockwell — Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Could win: Willem Dafoe — The Florida Project
Should win: Willem Dafoe — The Florida Project
Should’ve been nominated: Jason Mitchell — Mudbound
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