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The Next La La Land?

"It looks like fun and Hugh and Zac make a cute couple" - Jaragon

"Why do we keep treating La La Land like some sort of longsuffering, put-upon, misunderstood underdog? It's like making time to assure the prom queen that she's pretty and popular.." -Hayden


Pablo Larraín (Jackie)
Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane)
Gael García Bernal (Neruda)
Billy Crudup (20th Century Women)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival



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Charts are for entertainment and speculation purposes only. Read and discuss 

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... Lupita Nyong'o as "Patsey" in 12 Years a Slave

Nathaniel's Ballot
Reader's Rank (Based on your poll votes): LUPITA (46%) way out front withnearly half the votes takes the gold. In a very tight race for silver JENNIFER LAWRENCE (19%) edges SALLY HAWKINS (18%) out leaving her the bronze. JULIA ROBERTS (9%) and JUNE SQUIBB (6%) share the spoils. 


Discuss Supporting Actressing!

Sally Hawkins
37 yrs old | 20 films


wins: --

Jennifer Lawrence
23 yrs old | 13 films
3rd nomination | 1 win

wins: New York, BAFTA, Globes, NSFC + critics groups

Lupita Nyong'o
30 yrs old | feature debut
1st nom / win!


wins: SAG, BFCA, Los Angeles + critics groups
Globes, Gotham, Spirit

Julia Roberts
46 yrs old | 40 films
4th nomination | 1 win

wins: --
Globes, SAG, BFCA,

June Squibb
84 yrs old | 16 films

wins: Boston + critics groups
Globes, SAG, BFCA, Spirit

Finally got her due with Oscar after that egregious snub for Happy-Go-Lucky by offering tricky support to Blanchett's powerhouse lead


She keeps playing roles she's too young for but she's definitely "it" right now. Lights up every screen in this hilarious and BIG star turn


Her performance as the slave her master calls "queen of the fields" is rich and haunting. It's a star-maker.

Julia leads the bitter funny ensemble in August: Osage County. If it had been a bigger hit it would've been a big comeback

She's a crowd-pleasing noisy standout in this otherwise quiet Alexander Payne hit

How'd They Get Nominated
27% Woody Allen Film, therefore Default Contender in Supporting
23% Performance. 
20% Role & screentime
17% Cate Coattails
7% Oprah Winfrey's weird precursor dive
4% Uncanny ability to work with acting styles as diverse as Blanchett / Baldwin / Louis CK / Clay / Cannavale
2% Sorry bout Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
42% She's JLaw, Default Contender / MegaStar
The Role. Quotable lines, flamboyant scenes 
18% Performance. Supremely watchable and that's enough
9% "Thank god for me!"
7% Katniss
2% Prize Pack: Bale, Adams & Cooper
2% Plunging necklines
1% ♫ "Live and Let Die"
49% Performance. And she did the whipping scene as her audition... my god
25% Role. Paulson's hatred, Chiwetel's sympathy, Fassbender's lust - all characters (and therefore audience) focused on her.
15% a natural on campaign trail. Red carpet ready
7% BP heat
4% Discovery factor = great media hook
30% Role. Juicy content, great lines
20% She's Julia Roberts
19% Performance. Nabbing "best in show" reviews from Streep wins attention
14% "Eat your fish, bitch"
11% Oscar's love of Category Fraud and deep lack of sympathy for character actors like...
3% Martindale
2% Nicholson
1% Lewis
30% Impossible to miss her since she's noisy chatty in movie filled with barely-verbal guys
25% Role. People love dirty old ladies as comic relief (see also: Betty White at the Emmys)
25% Performance. Funny but slips emotion underlay into final scenes.
18% BP contender that's an Alexander Payne film
2% Forte & Dern
Which Clip Did Oscar Show?
 "biggest loser" Ginger lashes out at Jasmine for her misfortune "I will make you so sorry"
Rosalyn lashes out at Sydney in the bathroom 
"I will be clean" Patsey pleads with Master Epps for soap  "I'm running things now!" the drug raid begins and Barbara takes over  Kate visits the cemetery, flashes the grave of an old boyfriend 
Who Got Snubbed?
In the dread sixth spot: That was probably Oprah Winfrey for The Butler, who looked like a potential winner in the summer but her film didn't hold up well as the prestige pics started hitting and the precursor support was spotty.
We'll forever wonder why Margo Martindale, Scarlett Johansson, and Sarah Paulson and others didn't win traction in a competition that narrowed down to 6 people way way too quickly in a rich film year.