Has Christoph Waltz’s ‘Django Unchained’ Performance Finally Emerged as Best Supporting Actor Front Runner?

One of the harder categories to predict at this year’s Oscars is Best Supporting Actor. Initially it seemed Tommy Lee Jones had it all locked up, but Lincoln never grabbed a foot hold on the race. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) seemed a strong possibility after winning the Critics Choice Award and then there was Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook) going for his third Oscar. Now, after wins at the Golden Globe Awards and the BAFTA Awards, it seems Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) is back in the driver’s seat after losing to Jones at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

It’s interesting considering Waltz was, at one point, going to be considered lead for the film only to find himself competing against fellow Django stars Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio in Supporting. Many will surely argue Waltz is more of a lead in the film, but at this point in the race it hardly matters.

This race is still anyone’s to win, but at this point it seems Waltz is the best choice for front-runner. Agree? Disagree?

You can see my ranked predictions for the Best Supporting Actor category here.

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