With the win, Simmons solidified his status as a favorite to win an Oscar next month. He took home a
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Simmons beat out
Backstage at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles after accepting his victory, he jokingly cited an inspiration.
"I think it's every actor’s inner ninth-grade jock's fantasy to be
The subject of the Academy Awards didn't take a backseat for long. Asked what it's like to be considered a front-runner in the race for supporting actor, Simmons — who appears on TV in Farmers Insurance commercials — didn't deny it was nice.
"I honestly don't know what I'm supposed to do between now and then," he said. "I already did my job. Hopefully, this gets more people to see the movie.... It is delightful to be considered the front-runner."