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Academy Awards: For J.K. Simmons of 'Whiplash,' the beat never slows
Academy Awards: For J.K. Simmons of 'Whiplash,' the beat never slows

The life of an Oscar nominee is a busy one, indeed. Veteran actor J.K. Simmons had just flown in from Atlanta, where he's filming "The Accountant" with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, and was having a quick breakfast on a January late morning near his Studio City home while nursing a lingering cold. The odds-on favorite to win the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a ferociously manipulative jazz instructor in the best picture nominee "Whiplash," he's already scooped up a number of statuettes for the role, including a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, which he won not long after this conversation. He was set for an early flight the next...

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