As with the leading actors, the Best Supporting Actor winner at the Oscars is usually one of the more experienced contenders. Of the 85 previous winners, only four Best Supporting Actor winners were in their 20s and only 15 were in their 30s. The youngest winner Daniel Kaluya (“Judas and the Messiah”), had just turned 32 when he got his way. (Scroll down for the latest 2022 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)
In comparison, Brad Pitt was 56 when he won for his starring role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in 2020. He joined the lucky 13 previous winners who were in their 50s when they took home the trophy.
Eleven other men were in their 60s when they won Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards. Eight grantees took until they were in their 70s to win, while two (George Burns for “The Sunshine Boys” and Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”) were in their 80s when they took home their only Oscars.
At the 2019 Academy Awards Mahershala Ali prevailed for “Green Book”. He had won the same category for Moonlight just two years earlier. He was the 31st (and 29th) winner of this award to be over 40 years old. Sam Rockwell, who won for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” in 2018, was 30th, having received that award eight months before his 50th birthday.
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UPDATED: January 21, 2022
Leading Competitors (Ordered by Win Probability)
Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”
Troy Kotsur, “CODA”
Ciaran Hinds, “Belfast”
Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
Jared Leto, “House of Gucci”
Jamie Dornan, “Belfast”
Strong Competitors (alphabetically)
David Alvarez, “West Side Story”
Bradley Cooper, “Liquorice Pizza”
Richard Jenkins, “The People”
Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog”
JK Simmons, “Being the Ricardos”
Possible competitors (alphabetically)
Mike Faist, “West Side Story”
Corey Hawkins, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Jason Isaacs, “The People”
Woody Norman, “Come on, come on”
Mark Rylance, “Don’t Look Up”
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