The Road to the Oscars: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

February 8, 2013

Alan Arkin, Robert DeNiro, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz

Supporting roles can be as essential to any movie as the script itself. Who could ever forget Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight or Cuba Gooding Jr. as the arrogant football player in Jerry Maguire? Let’s take a look at this year’s male nominees and some of their past noteworthy work. Watch them all on DIRECTV CINEMA™.

Alan ArkinArgo
Arkin
plays Lester Siegel, a film producer who helps the CIA plan a mission to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis.

Watch Arkin at his best in these titles:
Little Miss Sunshine
Arkin plays the heroin-using grandfather who spews profanity like nobody’s business in this hilarious story about a dysfunctional family. This film earned Arkin his first Supporting Role Oscar nomination.

Edward Scissorhands
The tale of an outcast in suburban America was also Tim Burton‘s first collaboration with Johnny Depp. Arkin plays Mr. Boggs, whose wife (Dianne Wiest) welcomes Edward as a guest in their home.

Robert De NiroSilver Linings Playbook
After losing everything and spending eight months in state mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) moves back with his mom (Jacki Weaver) and dad (Robert De Niro).

Watch DeNiro at his best in these titles:
Taxi Driver
Much like his son in Silver Linings Playbook, Travis Bickle (De Niro) is ready to snap at any given moment. This  story of a paranoid New York City cabby is one of Scorsese‘s most acclaimed films.

GoodFellas
Set in Brooklyn’s mobster underworld, the film follows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he learns how to rub elbows with the law from powerhouse mentors like Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro).

Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Master
Based on L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, The Master tells the story of Lancaster Dodd (Seymour Hoffman) the charismatic leader and head member of The Cause, a religious organization that recruits disciples to enlighten them with his teachings.

Watch Hoffman at his best in these titles:
Moneyball
Hoffman plays Art Howe, manager of the Oakland Athletics, in what has been touted by the critics as one of the most moving baseball films of all time.

Almost Famous
In the coming-of-age story, William (Patrick Fugit) hits the road with a rock band in the 70s and begins to write album reviews for a local newspaper. After his work attracts the attention of Lester Bangs (Seymour), William uses his love of music to become a professional writer.

Tommy Lee JonesLincoln
The period leading up to Lincoln’s assassination was a tumultuous time in history. In this moving role, Lee-Jones plays the radical Republican leader and fierce slavery opponent.

Watch Jones at his best in these titles:
JFK
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Clay Shaw, Tommy Lee Jones plays a shady local businessman—the only person prosecuted in connection with the murder of John F. Kennedy.

Cobb
Ty Cobb (Lee-Jones) is a self-made baseball legend and the subject for a sports biopic. His biographer is in for a disappointment when he realizes how jaded and bitter the Hall-of-Famer actually is.

Christoph WaltzDjango Unchained
The Austrian-German actor met fame on this side of the pond—and his first Academy Award—after playing Col. Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds. In Django Unchained, he plays Dr. King Shultz, a bounty hunter on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers in this Tarantino comedy about slavery and love.

Watch Waltz at his best in these titles:
Carnage
In this comedy of parental differences, Waltz plays the workaholic parent of a bully. With Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, and John C. Reilly.

Water for Elephants
When a veterinary student (Robert Pattinson) falls in love with his employer’s wife (Reese Witherspoon), he’s forced to endure the wrath of a very jealous husband (Waltz).