The Academy Awards are Sunday, so it's time for the (mostly) annual predictions from the revered GonzoGeek panel: Bruce, John, Hunter, Sarah, Rey Swanko, film critic Randall Yelverton, Keith Flippen, working actor/acting instructor at The Actors Place
, and Bruce’s copy of WWE 2K13
for Xbox 360
Today: Best Supporting Actor
- Christian Bale, The Big Short (+1600)
- Tom Hardy, The Revenant (+1000)
- Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight (+2500)
- Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies (+350)
- Sylvester Stallone, Creed (-400)
Odds provided by Bovada (formerly Bodog) on 2/9/16
Bruce - I've spent the last year introducing/indoctrinating my boys to the world of Rocky. Their excitement for Creed was matched only by their enjoyment of the film. Stallone dug deep and gave us a moving performance as the Italian Stallone riding off into the sunset. I can't not give him my vote. SYLVESTER STALLONE
John - The latest odds I saw had Sylvester Stallone as the odds-on favorite to win. Let's go with Vegas and pick Rocky. SYLVESTER STALLONE
Hunter - Dude. Creed was fucking amazing. I described the movie as “the type of movie that reminds you why we watch movies.” Creed should have gotten more recognition than it did. Ryan Coogler directed the hell out of this movie. And Stallone…being the shell of his former self….whew. Tore me UP in theaters. While I loved the performances of Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies and Tom “The Only Good Part of The Revenant” Hardy, Stallone will (and should) finally win his acting Oscar. SYLVESTER STALLONE
Sarah - There were really only two choices here for me. And I have comfortable settled for Mark Rylance. MARK RYLANCE
Rey Swanko -
Poor Bane, he could not keeps Gotham, he could not keeps Leonidas deads, so no Oscaring for hims, same as the boat womens.
They give him ones to starts his career, now ones to end it. Oscaring for Frank Stallone. I did not knows he was the lead singermans for Creed. We should all gets the Oscaring for having to listens to thats.
Randall - Stallone (not Frank)
Keith - I think this has to go to Mark Ruffalo - man, did he harness that accent and what a great physical choice with his facial posture. There was a depth of sincerity and complex inner turmoil in there too that was great to watch. He was my favorite part of this film.
Why not Tom Hardy for The Revenant? I thought he was great. I mean, he made the film interesting and tolerable with his solid character work and lack of excessive suffering… but he was not given a lot of subtle or complex work to do. So I do not think he had room to impress with all of Leo’s noise making going on.
Mark Rylance - he was good. I enjoyed the dispassionate nature of the character, he was solid and believable. I just don’t think he has the marketing behind him or the name recognition with American audiences to get the award.
Sylvester Stallone - it would be a legacy vote. He does not have the chops to compete in this crowd.
Christian Bale - can we just stop casting him in things until he stops trying to drag out the character work he did in American Psycho and repackage it?
WWE2K13 - As always, we will be setting up a fatal four way so the nominee with the longest odds gets cut. Despite his crusading work, we have to say goodbye to Mark Ruffalo and hope he doesn't Hulk out on us. As for the other nominees...
Tom Hardy: A rugged man from the frozen Tundra who is out for himself...BROCK LESNAR
Christian Bale: a man who see things that nobody else does and everything thinks he's crazy because of it...R-TRUTH
Mark Rylance: Wait? Who? A journeyman who I can't believe is even in the game...YOSHI TATSU
Sylvester Stallone: A beloved character from the 70s makes an unexpected comeback, also Paradise Alley...TERRY FUNK
Things start off as they do. Stallone squares off with Bale. Hardy goes after Rylance. Hardy then begins to suplex Rylance all over the ring. Stallone backs Bale into the corner and goes for the quick elimination, but Rylance battles back into it. I blinked and missed it as Hardy sent Rylance flying over the top.
Bale and Stallone continue to battle, with Stallone resorting to dirty trick like an eye gouge and back rake. Hardy levels Stallone with a clothesline and goes after the injured Bale. A German suplex sends Bale crashing harder than the stock market. Hardy pulls him to his feet and whips him into the ropes. A couple of stiff punches later and Bale is left for dead on the outside.
Proving its not the size of man in the fight, but the size of the fight in the man, Stallone comes firing back at Hardy, but he's simply overpowered. Hardy whips Stallone into the corner and then sends him flying over the top with a clothesline.
WINNER: TOM HARDY