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Get Your Votes in for the Supporting Actress Smackdown!

We like to kick off each season of the monthly spring/summer "Smackdown" series with the current Oscar year's competition. This Sunday we'll crown a new Supporting Actress winner with our panel but you (the collective you) are the final panelist. So send your votes in by Saturday at midnight and don't forget to put "Smackdown 2018" in the subject line. As a reminder you're rating each performance on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (spectacular) hearts. Please only vote for the performances you've seen (if you missed one of the films). If you'd like to include blurbs about a performance or two, or list your own perfect supporting actress lineup this past year, we might quote ya. You know how it goes by now, right?


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I don't wanna watch Vice nor Roma. I can't vote for Stone because she's the most lead of the three leads. Clearly a movie star performance for a character in the hands of another actress would blend more seamlessly with the measured work of her costars. Barry Jenkins has a problem. He makes movies with real supporting parts. I usually want a scene more or two from his award season singled out performances. King or Weisz easily reign supreme. Amy Adams deserves a mercy and were she to win for Vice nobody should begrudge it. Inflated nomination counts defaults performers into martyrdom.

February 12, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Who cares? Don’t vote.

February 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRdf

I just saw Vice today - Amy Adams did not deserve a nom for that movie.
The world didn't need yet another lady macbeth incarnation
- that's been done so many times before and Amy Adams did nothing new or interesting with the character -
simply put an overrated performance.

Instead, Claire Foy should've gotten the nom for her moving turn in First Man - she's really the heart of that movie. She took the cliched wife character - and turned it into something really special.

February 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterUlrich

God, do I "have to" see Vice? It's my primary blindspot this season.

February 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

No one is *making* anyone see films they don't want to see. Save your money if you don't want to see something!

February 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

Having seen 3 of the 4 films in this category. I'm going to go with Regina King as I was just in awe of her performance. I like what Emma/Rachel did in The Favourite and what Marina did in Roma. I just think it really belongs to King.

February 12, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Oh whoa. I've actually seen the gross majority for once (I have yet to see Vice...I still don't want to)

I also had seen all 5 Best Actress nominees before the nominations were announced BOO YAH lol i'm such a dork

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Maybe is the worst category this year. Stone and Weisz are lead, Amy Adams performance was a s*** in a movie made of s***.

So we have only Marina and Regina. I go for the first one

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrown Cow Stunning

Welcome to the Club of Amy Adams' Haters.
It's disgusting!!!

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeri

This choice was easy as I cannot vote someone first due to category fraud.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEoin Daly

What's even more tiring than Amy Adams 'haters'? People calling anyone who disagrees with their opinion a 'hater'. IMO weakest of Amy Adams's nominated performances but still worthy of a nod.

I think this is actually a good crop for once. Weisz/King/Stone/Tavira/Adams in that order.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterevangelina

Why do you bother? It has zero suspense. Regina takes it. Next.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I cannot wait to see the screentime counts for Emma and Rachel🤣🤣🤣

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

@evangelina I really am ad Adam's hater! I loved her at madness from Junebug to The Master. Every movie she was in was such a Christmas gift to wait.

Now I, can't stand her... She look always like a depressed version of Nicole Kidman

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrown Cow Stunning

Depressed Kidman is the best version of Kidman, especially when performed by someone as talented as Adams. Sure, it's not her best, but I agree she was worthy of a nod.
De Tavira's nomination is the puzzling one to me. Too much shouting, not enough substance.
Stone - her best performance, but lead and I felt she was not always comfortable in her accent.
Weisz - terrific, but kinda lead.
King - like Mahershala in Moonlight: competent, but with not enough screentime and ultimately overrated.

Debicki, Foy, Robbie, Kidman - either one of them would be a good replacement for De Tavira. Overall, it's a rather underwhelming set of nominees and Kind will be an underwhelming winner.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterpawel

My 5 Supporting Actresses for 2018

Rachel Wiesz
Michelle Yeoh
Dolly Wells
marina De Tavira
Claire Foy

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Personally, I think it's silly to call Adams' performance anything less than very good. Despite the movie not being good or whatever other flaws we can come up with surrounding the role. Doesn't mean she should or shouldn't have been nominated, but she's certainly not bad in the part.

Sakura Ando should have been nominated for and won everything (if we consider her role supporting).

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Best performance nominated: Stone. Leading, category fraud.
Best performance not nominated: Foy, in "First Man".
Adams: great, overdue, weak character.
Probably the winner will be King, great actress in a good performance.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterFabio Dantas Flappers

Fine! I'll play along. Sending e-mail.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue




(Rachel and Emma being the last because I condider them as Lead as Olivia in THE FAVOURITE)

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMirko

I love Amy Adams, thought she should have won, for Junebug, agree that the Arrival snub was egregious, and consider her missing for Enchanted in 2007 to be one of the young century’s great miscarriages of acting justice. . .

And I would *seethingly* begrudge her a win for “Vice”. Having “I Tonya” next to Allison Janney’s name for eternity is one thing, but I would at least say she was mostly quite good. But this is a complete nothing. There’s so little to this performance outside of warmed up Lady Macbeth leftovers and Amy can’t do a single thing to elevate this hacky, lifeless role.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCarnivorousCouch

It's Rachel Weisz. The incredibly confident walk, the expertly delivered one-liners and the passive agressive complexity of the character make this the best supporting performance of the year.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDg

King > Stone > Weisz > Adams > de Tavira

My personal Supporting Actress lineup:
Sakura Andô, Shoplifters
Mackenzie Davis, Tully
Jeon Jong-seo, Burning
Blake Lively, A Simple Favor
Dolly Wells, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Runners Up: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk, Elizabeth Debicki, Widows, Bahar Noohian, Ava, Danai Gurira, Black Panther, Amanda Seyfried, First Reformed, Claire Foy, First Man, Alexandra Shipp, Love, Simon

February 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRayLewis1997

Cate Blanchett in Aviator should be one of the top 3

February 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Sakura Andô should have won this category in a heartbeat. This new "woke" Academy should have chosen her instead of wasting it on Marina de Tavira.

Regina King FTW.

February 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBenjamin

My respect for Amy Adams only grows. She makes astute, careful choices in every scene, in every movie. I'd been prepared to write off VICE because so many negative voices reduced it to a redux of THE MASTER, "something we've seen before," etc. Having finally watched VICE, I'm amazed -- she did what she does best, anchor other performances with an absolutely convincing character. She doesn't steal scenes from co-stars. She gives you an internal world, and an unforgettable surface. There's a reason she has six nominations, most of them in supporting. (Though I love her as a lead, too -- SHARP OBJECTS deserved to be rewarded, as did AMERICAN HUSTLE and ARRIVAL before that.)

1. Adams
2. King
3. Weisz
4. Stone
5. De Tavira

February 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

I don't get the buzz around King's performance : don't get me wrong, she's very good in it, and an amazing actress most of the time, but the character isn't all that memorable. Some characters in Beale Street only have one or two scenes and really leave a mark.

Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone would be 1 and 2 but i don't want to give my vote to such revolting category fraud ...

Amy Adams is a monumental actress but she never gets anything challenging to do in VICE and her performance in it is just frustrating (as it was in American Hustle).

So the only actress in the category being "Supporting" AND "Outstanding" is Marina De Tavira.

1. De Tavira
2. Adams
3. King

Disqualified :
4. Weisz (number one if she was supporting)
5. Stone (number two if she was supporting)

Snubbed :
6. McAdams (arguably a co-lead) instead of Adams
7. Foy instead of King

February 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterClement_Paris

Enough with all the btching around "Oh, she's lead!" WHATEVER...I'm sure the Academy will not change anything based on all the, I've seen all five nominees and honestly WEISZ and ADAMS gave the two best performances, in any other year I would love to see RACHEL becoming a two-time Oscar winner, she's just phenomenal in The Favourite but AMY deserves it, she's great in Vice, stealing all the scenes she's in with a fierce performance ( and YES, Vice IS a good, interesting film) and as a bonus she was just robbed virtually everywhere for her performance in Sharp Objects and don't get me started with her being snubbed for Arrival (she should've won as Lead Actress that year,her only real competition was Natalie Portman in Jackie). Thought KING was serviceable in the very beautiful IBSCT; DETAVIRA is just fine in the technically stunning Roma and STONE has delivered her best performance to date as Abigail but (lead or not) she's eclipsed by Weisz and Colman.

February 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEder Arcas

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