Meet the 2017 Academy Awards Nominees: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

The Best Actor in a Supporting Role category is filled with some incredibly intense and fragile performances. Before the Academy Award winner is announced on February 26th, get to know these remarkable gentleman!

Next up: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Meet Mahershala Ali


Hometown: Oakland, California

Training: St. Mary's College of California (BA Communications), NYU Tisch School of the Arts (MFA Acting)

Big Break: His first major film role came in 2008 in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." You may also recognize him from "The Hunger Games" or TV shows like "The 4400" and "House of Cards."

Fun Fact: Mahershala was offered a Division I basketball scholarship, but decided to study acting in college instead.

Meet Jeff Bridges

Hell or High Water

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Training: HB Studios

Big Break: "The Last Picture Show," Jeff's first major film earned him his first Academy Award nomination in this category (1971), making him one of the youngest nominees at 22. He has been nominated 4 other times and won for Best Actor ("Crazy Heart," 2009).

Fun Fact: In 1983, Jeff formed the End Hunger Network. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to feed children around the world.