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Oscar Theory #4: Best Supporting Actor goes to ... the creepy guy

By Kate Torgovnick, The Frisky
Christoph Waltz has found success this awards season for his work in "Inglourious Basterds" but does he fit The Frisky theory?
Christoph Waltz has found success this awards season for his work in "Inglourious Basterds" but does he fit The Frisky theory?
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Frisky is giving readers the inside scoop with theories on winning an Oscar
  • Theory #4 states that Best Supporting Actor goes to the creepy guy
  • The Frisky showcases the previous history of "creepy guys" who've taken the Oscar

(The Frisky) -- The way I see it, this year's Best Supporting Actor race is between two actors--Christoph Waltz, who won both the SAG and Golden Globe for his role in "Inglourious Basterds," and Stanley Tucci, who was the one good part of the fairly universally panned "The Lovely Bones."

Why these two? Because the characters on screen gave the viewers the heebie-jeebies. See, the Academy has shown itself to be fairly predictable over time. For Best Actress, the Academy loves America's sweethearts. For Best Actor, they tend to vote for the guy who's been nominated the most times. For Best Supporting Actress, they like an out-of-nowhere star. But for Best Supporting Actor, nothing wracks up the votes like playing an exceptionally creepy character. Let's take a look how the Creepy Effect has played out in the past, and what it could mean in this year's race.

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Heath Ledger in 2009

Few things on film have ever been as unsettling as Heath Ledger's genius turn as The Joker in "The Dark Knight." Seriously, just thinking of that scene with his head hanging out of the car window gives me the willies. Add on the fact that Ledger tragically died before the movie was released, and is it any wonder he got Best Supporting Actor posthumously?

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Javier Bardem in 2008

The year before, Javier Bardem played a ruthless assassin in "No Country for Old Men" with an off-kilter bowl cut, a habit of making people flip a coin for their life, and the ultimate weapon--a cattle gun. Let's just say you would never want to meet his character in a dark alley. Or a brightly lit room for that matter. Naturally, he won Best Supporting Actor.

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Kevin Spacey in 1996

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Martin Landau in 1994

One of the first shots of Martin Landau in "Ed Wood" shows him in a coffin. The wackadoodle character got Landau the golden man two years before Spacey's win for playing his odd-ball genius.

Christopher Walken in 1979

Christopher Walken won Best Supporting Actor in 1979 for his role as the war-damaged Nick Chevotarevich in "The Deer Hunter." Walken's beady eyes made the Russian roulette climax of the flick all the more disturbing. And, of course, the Academy dug it.

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Tucci's serial killer will win over Waltz's Nazi in 2010

So which character is creepier: Christoph Waltz's cold-blooded Nazi or Stanley Tucci's serial killer of teenagers? Both are pretty awful and odds are currently favoring Waltz, but I'm gonna go with Tucci, for dismembering a 14-year-old and hiding her body in a safe. I think this could be one of few categories where the Academy Awards breaks from the pattern set by the SAG and Golden Globe Awards. Guess we'll have to watch on Sunday to find out for sure.

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