J.K. Simmons has won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for his work in “Whiplash”. The film comes from writer and director Damien Chazelle. He shared the screen with Miles Teller and Melissa Benoist.

He was up against Robert Duvall, who was nominated his role in “The Judge,” a film directed by David Dobkin based off a screenplay written by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque. Duvall starred in the film alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Vera Farmiga.

Ethan Hawke was nominated for “Boyhood,” he shared the screen with Ellar Coltrane and Patricia Arquette. The screenplay was written by Richard Linklater, who also directed the film.

Edward Norton was nominated for “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” for his work alongside Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone. The film was written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, and was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Mark Ruffalo was nominated for “Foxcatcher,” a film directed by Bennett Miller. Ruffalo starred with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum.