Oscar spotlight: Rob Morgan is a strong supporting actor contender in ‘Just Mercy’

Oscar spotlight: Rob Morgan is a strong supporting actor contender in ‘Just Mercy’
Historical legal drama “Just Mercy” is a strong contender in the Best Supporting Actor race, but have pundits pegged the right performance? For his pivotal part as the wrongfully-convicted Walter “Johnny D.” MacMillan, hundreds of Gold Derby users are predicting Oscar winner Jamie Foxx for another nomination, but character actor Rob Morgan could also break through for playing fellow death row inmate Herbert Richardson. His tragic Ptsd-ridden character embodies the stakes of the story, as well as its heart.

SEEwhy “Just Mercy” is a Best Actor contender for Michael B. Jordan.

The supporting role with the most screen time is not always the one that gains traction on the awards circuit. Titular roles are occasionally subverted for sympathetic characters that elicit warmth from scant material, like when Mahershala Ali received his first Oscar nomination and win for 2016’s “Moonlight” with a quiet performance that was limited to the first third of the film.
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