Our Oscar Power Rankings for best supporting actor:

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master")

2. Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln")

3. Robert DeNiro ("Silver Linings Playbook")

4. Alan Arkin ("Argo")

5. Leonardo DiCaprio ("Django Unchained")

Still in the hunt: Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson ("Django Unchained"), Javier Bardem ("Skyfall") and Matthew McConaughey ("Magic Mike")

Boy, you want a real dogfight? Try the supporting actor category this year. Some mighty big names -- DeNiro, Jones, Hoffman, Arkin, DiCaprio -- are all in the hunt. DiCaprio may find himself losing out to one of his "Django" cast members: Waltz or Jackson (who is coming on strong). Or the three could split the vote, leaving a slot open for Bardem or McConaughey, whose performances over the past year are much admired within the acting community.


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