Favorite: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Other nomination predictions:
1) Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
2) Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3) Edward Norton, Birdman, or: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
4) Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Norton may win this award over Simmons if Whiplash fails to pick up further steam and if Birdman’s popularity rises. John Goodman could earn his first nomination for The Gambler. Tyler Perry as a high-powered attorney and Neil Patrick Harris as a crazed ex-lover also found praise for their supporting roles in Gone Girl.