BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
John Gallagher, Jr. - Short Term 12
James Gandolfini - Enough Said
Bill Nighy - About Time
Michael Zegen - Frances Ha
Fassbender for throwing himself into the role of a slaver and showing us the institutional insanity therein, keeping a smart balance between base weakness and inhuman savagery. Gallagher for making goodness interesting. Gandolfini for doing what he was always able to do, only in a way we rarely saw him, vulnerable and unsure and yet still utterly magnetic. Nighy for playing the absolute best dad, for undercutting his film's wonky premise with perfect humor. And Zegen for taking what on paper must have been an unbearable character and allowing him to deepen without sacrificing what was still pretty ridiculous (and funny) about him.
Runners Up: Ben Foster (Ain't Them Bodies Saints); Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips); Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines); Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines); Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melonie Diaz - Fruitvale Station
Allison Janney - The Way Way Back
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Michaela Watkins - In a World
Emma Watson - The Bling Ring
Diaz for transcending notions of passive girlfriend or harping nag, instead letting whole stories play out on her panicked face. Janney for being goddamn hilarious but also a real person with real feelings, drowned as they are in beach drinks. Nyong'o for a blistering debut, for the way she lets us see Patsy working things out in her head, then her ultimate despair at the answers she reaches; for that scene where she's making cornhusk dolls. Watkins for being perfect support for Lake Bell and for holding up her subplot with a minimum or cartoonishness or judgment. Watson for throwing all sorts of cartoonishness and judgment at her character, and thank God for it, because she was electric and hilarious.
Runners Up: Scarlett Johansson (Her); Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color); Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom); Ellen Page (The East); Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave); Amy Adams (Her).