Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

The 2013 Oscars look set to be the most unpredictable and exciting yet and we have already looked at a whole host of performances that could walk away with gongs.

The Best Supporting Actor category is under the spotlight today as well look at some of the actors and roles that could well bag the prize.

- Leonardo DiCaprio: Django Unchained

In recent years we have seen Leonardo DiCaptrio nominated for a whole host of Oscars as he has gone from teen pin-up to real Hollywood heavyweight.

But that first Oscar win still eludes him but his next project Django Unchained could well be the one that finally sees him succeed.

Django Unchained sees him team up with director Quentin Tarantino for the very first time and don't be surprised it we see this movie gunning for gongs for the entire awards season.

This movie sees DiCaprio sink his teeth into a really juicy villain role and allows him to be as flamboyant and over the top as menacing.

This is a role that was written specifically for the actor and we are going to see him shine in this movie.

- Joaquin Phoenix: The Master

The Master is a movie that everyone seems to be talking about at the moment as it has stormed to success in the States in the past few weeks.

The movie marks the return to the big screen for Joaquin Phoenix - an actor who has been nominated in the past but is yet to get his hands on the prize.

The Master sees the actor take on the role of Freddie Quell, a young American drifter who becomes the right hand man to Philip Seymour Hoffman as he launches his faith based organisation.

The movie and the central performances have been receiving glowing reviews left, right and centre, and this film is already establishing itself as an early favourite.

- Robert De Niro: The Silver Linings Playbook

It has been a while since we have seen Robert De Niro in a movie that could potentially see him get his hands on another Oscar but The Silver Linings Playbook could be that movie.

Come the awards season The Silver Linings Playbook could be the real dark horse as it is already picking up plenty of early support.

DeNiro takes on the role of Pat Solitano Sr. in the movie alongside Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

The movie waltzed away with the audience prize at Toronto and it could well take a few more gongs by the time the awards season is over.

- Russell Crowe: Les Miserables

We have discussed Les Miserables a couple of time already this week as I expect this movie to feature in the Best Picture and Best Actor categories.

But Russell Crowe could well find himself in the running for Best Supporting Actor as he takes on the role of Javert in the film.

Javert is on the hunt for Jean Valjean (played by Hugh Jackman) in the movie while Oscar winning filmmaker Tom Hooper is back in the director's chair.

- Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Lincoln

Now there are a whole host of actors from Lincoln who could potentially bag a Best Supporting Actor nomination including Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn - I suppose it all comes down to the meatiest role.

Having said that I would love to see Gordon-Levitt bag a nomination as he has had a great year with The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush and Looper.

He takes on the role of Robert Todd Lincoln in the movie that follows President Lincoln's battle to end slavery.

Other actors to look out for in this category include Alan Arkin (Argo), Sean Penn (The Gangster Squad), Hal Holbrook (Promised Land) and William H. Macy (The Sessions).

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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