Every year the Supporting Categories are the hardest to predict. And it makes me so damn frustrated. Grr. This year I am 100% positive two actresses will receive nominations; Octavia Spencer and Berenice Bejo.
Since the beginning of this crazy awards season I have been torn with the notion of Jessica Chastain and Melissa McCarthy receiving nominations. Jessica Chastain was in a bunch of movies this year and I’m happy The Help is the one she is getting notice for, but there is this inkling inside of me that wonders if she’ll be victim to a vote split and completely miss the nomination. On the other hand, if Melissa McCarthy received a nomination I would smile wide, very wide, but I keep wondering if the academy will shut her out just because it’s comedy. But, then I think back to when Robert Downey Jr. received a nomination for Tropic Thunder. So, that tells me anything can happen and that McCarthy has a great chance of hearing her name called Oscar morning.
Now, if Bejo, Spencer, Chastain, and McCarthy receive nominations that leaves one spot. And that spot will be filled by Janet McTeer, Shailene Woodley, or Carey Mulligan.
Let’s review the possible nominees for Best Supporting Actress.
|Octavia Spencer- The Help
Spencer gave a standout performance in The Help. She brought drama and sass to a touching story and turned out to be the winning character in the end. Who doesn’t love a good ole happy ending? Spencer has received awards from the critics and Globes and a nomination from the SAGs. She is a lock for the nomination and depending on if she wins the SAG, a lock to win.
|Bérénice Bejo- The Artist
The Artist is the type of film I really liked after seeing but learned to love over time. Bejo gives an outstanding performance and gives us a little reminder of the magic that is silent film. She is a lock for the nomination with recognition from the critics, Globes, and SAGs. Everybody loves The Artist and everybody loves her.
|Jessica Chastain- The Help
The newcomer has been the breakthrough artist of 2011. Chastain played one of the most loveable characters in The Help
and aside from Spencer’s character, you really were rooting for her from start to finish. Chastain plays Celia Foote, the ditzy, fun girl next door without a hurtful, racist bone in her body. She is absolutely colorblind and just lives her life in ignorant bliss. Celia is one of my favorite characters in the book/movie and Chastain brought her to life with such excitement and intelligence. I hope she isn’t the victim of a vote split because I think moviegoers all over want to see her with a nomination. She’s received love from the critics, Globes and SAGs, next stop, Oscars.
|Melissa McCarthy- Bridesmaids
Melissa McCarthy is one of the nicest people off screen, but when that camera turns on she has the dirtiest mouth. So it made sense why this role fit her like a glove. A lot of people have made remark that this movie proved women are funny, but this movie reminded people that this is how women are. We are as dirty and crude as the next person and people like Megan exist everywhere. McCarthy stole the show with her outrageous antics, incredibly high self-esteem and a bluntness that made you sit back and wonder if she really said what she said. Kristen Wiig wrote a good character, but McCarthy made it great. I will be the happiest person Oscar morning if her name is called. McCarthy has been loved by the critics and has received a nomination from the SAGs. Robert Downy Jr. proved a few years back that if you really invest in a character and turn it into the hilarious scene stealer you will get noticed. C’mon Academy!
|Janet McTeer- Albert Nobbs
Glenn Close and Janet McTeer are the only reasons to watch Albert Nobbs. McTeer also plays a woman masquerading as a man and is unbelievabley convincing. She received nominations from the Globes and SAGs and if the academy chooses not to recognize Shailene Woodley or Melissa McCarthy, she’s in.
|Shailene Woodley- The Decsendants
During the start of the awards season Woodley was my pick to win. Mainly because the Academy loves rewarding young actors in the supporting category and because she did an amazing job holding her own next to George Clooney. Woodley did a fantastic job capturing the angst and charisma of a young girl who has been betrayed by her mother. She has such anger for both her parents that when she finally breaks down, you see all the pain and suffering she’s been suppressing. But I feel as though the only way she’ll get a nomination is if the Academy really loves The Descendants and chooses not to nominate Melissa McCarthy or Janet McTeer. She was recognized by the critics and the Globes yet missed out on the SAGs.
|Carey Mulligan- Drive & Shame
Carey Mulligan gave two of her best performances in Drive and Shame. The problem is she’s missed out on almost every major awards group and for her to get nominated for either role would be a huge surprise. But as I stated previously, there’s always one surprise nomination. The Academy would really have to love Drive and Shame for her to make a showing. I don’t think it will happen, but I wouldn’t count her out just yet.
|Vanessa Redgrave- Coriolanus
She was a favorite before Awards season began. Her buzz has quieted down quite a lot since Coriolanus was released. I don’t see it happening, but you never know, the Academy loves there veterans.
This category angers me every year because making a final decision always gives me a huge headache. Now that I’ve finished this list, yep, headache is back. I am positive Bejo and Spencer are locks and that Chastain will be nominated as well. The last two spots can go to any supporting actress on this list. But, here is my final decision.
Anna’s Final Five:
Bérénice Bejo- The Artist
Jessica Chastain- The Help
Janet McTeer- Albert Nobbs
Melissa McCarthy- Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer- The Help
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