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I just saw Whiplash. Better late than never. Breathtaking. If you haven't seen it yet, see it, if not before the Oscars, then after, no matter how it does. Hollywood being Hollywood, J.K. Simmons is considered a supporting actor in this film. I guess the system is what it is, but despite not having as many lines as the quite competent lead actor, Simmons turns in one of the most amazing performances I have seen in recent memory. If he does not cop an Oscar, there is no justice in the world and the Academy will be committing at least a misdemeanor if not a felony. I feel so strongly about this I wanted to drive my stake in the ground now, before the Oscars.