Simmons poses in the press room with the award for best supporting actor in a motion picture - drama, musical or comedy for "Whiplash" at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
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Mastering the art of jazz drumming wasn't the only objective on actor J.K. Simmons' mind when he signed on to play an abusive music teacher in the independent film "Whiplash".The feature-length directorial debut from Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" pits young jazz drummer Andrew (Teller), striving to be the best in his craft, against Simmons' Fletcher, an acerbic, calculating, foul-mouthed instructor.Simmons won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor Sunday and is a front-runner for next week's Oscar nominations.Sony Pictures Classics bought the film for $3 million.While a film about the niche world of jazz drumming was not Chazelle's easiest pitch to make to film buyers, he said he hoped it was the emotional journey that would connect with audiences.
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