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WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best supporting actor race. (YouTubeWTOP)
WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best supporting actor race. (YouTube/WTOP)
WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best supporting actor race. (YouTubeWTOP)
WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best supporting actor race. (YouTubeWTOP)
WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best supporting actor race. (YouTubeWTOP)
WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best supporting actor race. (YouTubeWTOP)
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WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best supporting actor race. (YouTubeWTOP)
Should Win Barkhad Abdi If I were voting, I would go with Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips. Abdi could have been a cookie cutter, xenophobic boogeyman, but instead turned his Somali pirate into a sympathetic figure of desperation fueled by globalization. And who doesnt love Abdis rise from limo driver to Oscar contender Could Win Michael Fassbender Michael Fassbender channeled Ralph Fiennes in Schindlers List to create a terrifying villain in 12 Years a Slave, leaning on his slaves heads like fence posts. If 12 Years goes on a run, you could see Fassbender ride the wave. Will Win Jared Leto Jared Leto is practically a lock for his cross-dressing role in Dallas Buyers Club. Leto was great years ago in Requiem for a Dream, but took a hiatus from acting to pursue music. Expect Oscar night to be a triumphant return for Leto.

Should Win: Barkhad Abdi

If I were voting, I would go with Barkhad Abdi for "Captain Phillips." Abdi could have been a cookie cutter, xenophobic boogeyman, but instead turned his Somali pirate into a sympathetic figure of desperation fueled by globalization. And who doesn't love Abdi's rise from limo driver to Oscar contender?

Could Win: Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender channeled Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List" to create a terrifying villain in "12 Years a Slave," leaning on his slaves' heads like fence posts. If "12 Years" goes on a run, you could see Fassbender ride the wave.

Will Win: Jared Leto

Jared Leto is practically a lock for his cross-dressing role in "Dallas Buyers Club." Leto was great years ago in "Requiem for a Dream," but took a hiatus from acting to pursue music. Expect Oscar night to be a triumphant return for Leto.
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