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Best Supporting Actress - April Foolish Oscar Predix

With so many of our favorite working actresses in key potential Oscar roles this year this season is either going to be tremendously exciting or crushing disappointing. 

Can Woody Harrelson & Naomi Watts get his & hers nominations as the "deeply dysfunctional" parents of THE GLASS CASTLE?


Answer me these questions three:

  • Who you think we're underestimating?
  • Which performance on the chart are you most anxious to see?
  • Do you think any of the 4 time nominees (Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Michelle Williams) move to 5 nominee status this year? 5 is actually such a major threshold that's really hard for people to break into. Only 29 women, if I'm counting correctly, have done it with Julianne Moore and Amy Adams being the most recent inductees to that exclusive club). With maybe 2 exceptions (Geraldine Page and Thelma Ritter)  everyone who's ever managed 5 has been a rather huge movie star of their day, certainly bigger than Michelle Williams is now for example. Not that she couldn't do it with The Greatest Showman if the part is good enough. Some working giants that are, like Kidman and Roberts, currently at four (acting) nods include: Bening, Lawrence, McDormand, Mirren, and Emma Thompson.


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I think you are greatly underestimating Michelle Williams.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

I hope the film version of The Glass Castle is as wonderful as Jeannette Walls' memoir.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

but... Julianne Moore's a lead / co-lead in Wonderstruck, surely?

I'd love to see Kidman snatch her 5th nomination. As I said last week, I'm hoping her 3 auteur outings this year receive undisputed critical acclaim

but at the same time I want those new faces, those never before nominated greats to be prevalent.

On the winning side of things, I'D LOVE TO SEE EMILY WATSON WIN A FUCKING OSCAR
#it #is #embarrassing

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

I have a feeling Roberts gets a 5th or Williams.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Seeing Andrea Riseborough's character photo I was instantly reminded of Shelley Duvall and Brittany Murphy.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

An Oscar lineup with KST, Pfeiffer and Manville is the stuff that dreams are made of.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Who gets the HOT YOUNG THING slot this year or the WE DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD DO THAT SLOT or the WE'RE SORRY SLOT.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Bening and Pfeiffer has dibs as overdue greats who need their Oscars at the expense of your favorites.

On the winning side of things, I'D LOVE TO SEE EMILY WATSON WIN A FUCKING OSCAR
#it #is #embarrassing

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

When one takes into account Jennifer Lawrence's four nominations within five years, a fifth for Michelle Williams doesn't seem like a such far reach. I just really want her to be happy in a movie every now and again.

The more I consider a Betty Gabriel nomination, the more I root for her inclusion, particularly because -- outside of her wonderful acting -- it's a true supporting turn in a genre film, which we don't see rewarded nearly enough.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

That is sad that Jennifer Lawrence has 4 nominations. Does anyone think that she is a great actress? No. I could see a Williams or Pfeiffer winning.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBey

Yavor -- from my understanding the two leads of Wonderstruck are both children... but maybe I'm misunderstanding the plot.

April 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Not enough leading performances in your roundup. I mean a supporting actress lineup made up of only supporting roles? Now that's crazy talk!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

no more Margot Robbie hype please..Thanks..;-)

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Imagine if the three leads from The Hours are nominated again in the same year? That would be the event of the Oscars! At least here at TFE.

Anyway, I think Watts has a good chance of winning. Ever since Mulholland Dr., she's been trying to amass industry respect. Plus, she's very likeable.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

Is Allison Williams going lead for Get Out? Cuz that feels like it could have some kind of chance if they pushed her in that direction, it's probably the easiest performance in the film to get that kind of recognition. I'm all the way there with Betty Gabriel, but if Williams is in that mix she seems more likely to get it than Keener or Gabriel.

I also agree that Michelle Williams (so many Williams's!) seems too predictable but she's so predictable as an option I didn't even know Ferguson was in the movie. Or anyone, besides her and Jackman. Maybe it's too obvious, but after being the critical darling for Manchester this feels like her year if she tries even the littlest bit.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNick T

I don't expect her to get any awards attention, but I hope folks on here see After the Storm. It's a great film, and Kirin Kiki's performance is so wonderful. This early in the year, I'll be surprised if she doesn't make my final lineup.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I Will love to see La Moore nominated again. 🙏

But, my only prays this year on the The Best Heaven categories are:

MICHELLE PFEIFFER ACTRES BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (the real pray os FINALLY ACADEMY AWARD WINNER, but with Glenn best actress, 'Chelle has to be the best supporting ;) )




April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I like you Jon for asking the gods to spare us Streep this season as a contender.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Winslet seems likely for an 8th it will have to top The Reader so not really hard.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Catherine Keener is great in Get Out. She's the only supporting performance I like so far this year.

Great list!!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRod

Love the Kate and Saoirse love!! I also want Nicole to get an Actress and Supporting Actress nom to make up for the subs over the years.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Streep does not have another movie out until 2018, so I think you are safe here in wanting her to miss a year. I suggest reading the trades!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Unless The Post is finished, but she would probably be lead and that has not started filming. Have a nice day!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Thank u /3rtful. I really want a vacation of "Meryl Streep Academy Award nomine again" this year. And I only want this because I don't know when we Will have the chance to see Glenn and 'Chelle Oscar Winners. It's a priority pray: Meryl is great. We know that. But I like when they remember the other greats too.

And I really REALLY want to Kate Winslet become part of the 8 times Academy Nominee very soon. Will be a dream if she get the 9th this year to, but for now she Will have to "category fraud" to ver this, and ler us all avoid category frauds. Even for ours godess.

I ser Nicole nominated too. I don't know double nominations, but sigle is quite shore.

Patrick: SAOIRSE + Ian McEwan = ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Bening is likely the one to succeed over Close in a competitive race. @Jon

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Is Glenn still in the business?

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEva

I'd love for Tatiana to make the switch from television to film. She's such a force.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

@Jon and /3rtful

In your face. Until today I did not particularly
Want Streep to get another nom. ( she could if The Post
Comes out on time ) , but you two are so disgusting about it
I hope none of your favs get in.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterK

Does Glenn even have a contender or is that just a side conversation? I look forward to the best actress predictions.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

NATHANIEL R - Technically the children are leads, but they appear in different spaces of time. Moore is also playing double characters in BOTH times. If any case, unless these are full leads, the children are most likely in supporting as the Oscar rule.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterleon

I'm so excited for this Nicole Kidman year. An Oscar nomination for Lion, Big Little Lies, two irresistibly exciting films—and Top of the Lake? I'm keeping my hopes for The Beguiled muted, but a pairing with Sofia could be delicious. She looks a little blank in the trailer.

Given how uneven Nicole's last decade has been, one of these items would've made a fantastic/encouraging year. All of them at once is nearly impossible to believe. And we'll get to see her on all these red carpets!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

"Bening is likely the one to succeed over Close in a competitive race. @Jon"


I think u will agree with me that La Bening will have more carrer chances* of Oscar than Glenn (*better roles coming)

Glenn is my favorite actress of all time, but I know the things for her are a little difficult in find material comparable to her talented.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I have no faith Close will receive anything other than an honorary. And if the Academy continues to be reluctant in acknowledging her not even that.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

If Pfeiffer has a role in Mother similar to Barbara Hershey's in Black Swan, I can definitely see a lot of good will carrying her through!

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJB

If this year continues to go the way it is for Kidman, I predict 2 noms and zero wins for nicole kidman at next year's ceremony.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRizz

Sony Pictures Classics acquired it.

Melissa Leo
(2 noms | 1 win)

She won stellar reviews for this strict nun role. But will it get good distribution?

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

It's so nice to see Naomi Watts back in the Oscar contention discussion. She certainly is one of a handful of actors who consistently elevate a film (Pfeiffer quickly comes to mind), no matter the part. And she has more than held her own in her films/scenes with other acclaimed actors, such as Penn, Norton, McGregor, Mortensen.
@rick gould: I'm also hoping The Glass Castle is as wonderful as the memoir -- and possibly a best picture contender.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraig


I really hope Glenn wins one day. Really!

My supporting dream line-up woud bem today:

Michelle Pfeiffer - mother! / Murder on the Orient express
Leslie Manville - PTA movie
Julianne Moore - Wonderstruck
Nicole Kidman - Killing of a sacred deer / the beguilled / How to talk with Girls at the parties

Rebecca Ferguson - The Greateast Showman
Naomie Watts - The Glass castle

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I'm hoping that Emily Watson has a juicy role in On Chesil Beach. It's been forever since she's been nominated and she should already be an Oscar winner by now.

Some other hopes I have for this category I have are Legend Nicole getting her 5th nomination, Betty Gabriel getting in for Get Out, and Julianne Moore for Wonderstruck.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St. Clair

Chloe Sevigny, Lean on Pete.

One of the most interesting and underrated actresses working today. A win would be richly deserved.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Breaking the Waves is important and influential, and Nicole Kidman still can't stop talking about it. But some actress-driven movies are on the inside and some are on the outside. Tilda Swinton was on the outside for almost 20 years, and now the bulk of her work reaches the mainstream. It took Huppert how long to get an Oscar nomination?

I sort of like the non-Hollywood cottage industry of provocative female movies. It sits just as well with me that Melancholia, Dogville, Julia, I Am Love, Mullholland Drive, Citizen Ruth, Birth, Under the Skin, Savage Grace, etc. etc. etc. exist outside of Oscar's scrutinizing glare. The triumph is making those movies at all.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

Michelle Pfeiffer
Tilda Swinton
Kristen Stewart
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Kristen Wiig

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

I really hope that Michelle Williams earnys her 5th Oscar nod for Wonderstruck or The Greatest Showman. She is the best actress of her generation.

I would love to see Michelle Pfiffer, Julianne Mooee and Kate Winslet too.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLH

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