It’s time to look at the supporting ladies that may or may not have the goods to take on each other during this upcoming awards season. The Academy Awards (or the Oscars) are a functioning salute to cinema and its new faces, which allows for some incredible choices for winners as we saw this past year with Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave. This year, no radars have gone off for any new star that take the season by storm. With that, we revert back to the “suffering wife/mother” roles that could create an opportunity for someone to sit in the spotlight. This year, I’ve got my eyes on Kristin Scott Thomas in Saul Dibb’s Suite Francaise to finally score her second Oscar nomination since Anthony Minghella’s Oscar-winning The English Patient. After being the best part of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, and truly deliver in I’ve Loved You So Long, the soon-to-be retired actress will be looking for something to cap off her amazing career.
We must remember that this is a category that often lends itself to double nominations from the same film. This year we have a few candidates to fill that space. Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods will have three ladies in contention that can be campaigned in either lead or supporting. My initial guess is three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick will result in a supporting campaign, likely leaving both on the table to garner acclaim. Jason Reitman’s upcoming Men, Women, & Children has two great stars in Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer, who both have produced two incredible performances that have been overlooked by Oscar. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice also has two viable candidates in Jena Malone and Reese Witherspoon. I’ve put a lot of faith in the former.
This also seems to be the year where once bankable blockbuster stars are going for theirs. Kristen Stewart received rave reviews for The Clouds of Sils Maria co-starring Juliette Binoche. After showing the promise of her abilities in Into the Wild and On the Road, this will be a terrific change of pace for her career following the end of the Twilight franchise.
Patricia Arquette brings herself to a new realm of her career based on the early word for Richard Linklater’s passion project Boyhood. The early buzz is already lifting off the ground and there is a lot of faith from the studio that she can in fact score a long overdue Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Arquette isn’t the only veteran on the radar this year. Vanessa Redgrave received good ink for her work in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, something that can be a possible makeup after missing out for Coriolanus and Atonement. After Laura Dern got overshadowed by Amy Adams towering work in The Master, she looks to have another chance for redemption in Jean-Marc Vallee’s upcoming follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club, called Wild. Dern also has roles in 99 Homes with Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield, When the Game Stands Tall from Thomas Carter, and Strings from first-time director Daniel Duran.
You of course have the hot girls on full display in Emma Stone and Naomi Watts (Birdman), Kelly Reilly (Calvary), Vera Farmiga (The Judge), and Melonie Diaz (The Cobbler). All of which are super talented and should hopefully have some room to grow in the race this season.
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