2019 Oscars Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali or Sam Elliott? | The Tylt
2019 Oscars Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali or Sam Elliott?
With our head-to-head predictions, we want you to let us know who and what deserves to win in each category before the 2019 Academy Awards air on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. EST.
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Mahershala Ali plays the real-life Don Shirley—a gay, black classical and jazz pianist—who was driven around by a white man during a concert tour in the Deep South during the early '60s. Ali has been snatching most of the precursor awards, winning a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG award.
He's very well on his way to winning his second Academy Award in two years, after he won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Moonlight" in 2017.
Sam Elliott plays the sympathetic Bobby Maine, the older brother and manager of destructive singer-songwriter Jackson "Jack" Maine (portrayed by Bradley Cooper) in "A Star Is Born."
In the film, Bobby gets tired of managing his little brother's destructive behavior, while trying to manage his career. The veteran actor has an extensive list of acting credits dating back to the late '60s, so it's about he gets recognition. As an early contender, he won Best Supporting Actor at the National Board of Review Awards. That precursor, his compelling work in "A Star Is Born," and being a veteran actor may be enough for him to pull an upset.