Last week I discussed Focus Features’ decision to campaign its two Kids Are All Right stars – Annette Bening and Julianne Moore – for Best Actress during the upcoming Oscar season. Not to be outdone, awards consultants for The Social Network tell me they’re planning no fewer than three Best Supporting Actor campaigns, for costars Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer. Garfield and Timberlake are no surprise: They’ve been talked about for weeks now, ever since the movie began screening for industry insiders and media types. But Hammer, who plays the studly Winklevoss twins (aided by some of David Fincher’s technical wizardry), is emerging as a prime scene-stealer as more and more people watch the film. It’s a strong, hooky performance that I’d guess voters will really appreciate once they understand exactly how it was accomplished.
There is, of course, a precedent here: On the Waterfront, The Godfather, and The Godfather Part II all scored a hat trick of supporting actor nominations. What’s interesting is that at this early date, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on which costar is most deserving of a nomination. There are several other strong candidates this year: Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech, Jeremy Renner for The Town, Matt Damon for Hereafter. But the category doesn’t feel so crowded as to make multiple Social Network nods impossible. What all three guys have going against them is their age: Most years you’d be lucky to find one 30-or-under type in the supporting-actor mix, much less two or three.
Those of you that have seen The Social Network at a film-festival or college screening, which of the three guys would you most like to see nominated?
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