J.K. Simmons wins supporting actor Oscar for 'Whiplash'

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Posted: Feb 22, 2015 8:44 PM

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) - - J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for playing a brutally demanding jazz teacher who pushes a drummer to greatness in "Whiplash."

It was the first Academy Award for the 60-year-old actor. He had been a favorite to win after sweeping the supporting actor category in all the major awards shows before Sunday.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Sandra Maler)