Another season with end-of-year drama
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Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Edward Norton, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
Kristopher Tapley and Gregory Ellwood predict:
Will win: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
If not, then: Edward Norton, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
Should win: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
Lowdown: No one is likely to upset J.K. Simmons' applecart this deep into the season. It's been a long, long road since Sundance 2014 and it ends with an Oscar.