Will a former winner dominate the field or will the Academy crown a new champion?
Will a former winner dominate the field?
Like baseball, statistical trends can actually mean something in Oscar land. Especially when you're considering the field for a highly competitive category such as this year's best supporting actor race. Do you know that since 1980 only four best supporting actor recipients had previously won an Academy Award? That's 26 first timers. Does that mean "The King's Speech" Geoffrey Rush, won won best actor for "Shine" in 1996 and is seemingly the frontrunner this time around, won't win another? Not necessarily, but it's worth considering because the trend indicates that Mark Ruffalo, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner or even Bill Murray will be on the winner's podium instead. Of course, it's just a statistic. The Academy can't be that predictable can it? While you ponder that intriguing possibility, check out the list of candidates hoping to get into the mix to challenge Mr. Rush.