The Eighth Day of Oscar 2017: The Best of Supporting Actresses
Something that may or may not mean anything – every supporting actress nominee this year plays the role of a mother, while none of the nominated supporting actors played a father. Interestingly, looking back at previous years, there is no trend to this. Hey, give us a break, we have to write something here as an intro.
Scroll through the videos below for clips from our Oscar picks and favorite supporting female performances from the past year!
Oscar Nominee - Nicole Kidman, Lion
With personal ties to adoption, Kidman brings insight and depth to her work in Lion, delivering a woman who is deeply compassionate, but flawed in a commitment to her principles.
Oscar Nominee - Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Not sure why Spencer is here - her work is fine in Hidden Figures, but relies too heavily on broad mannerisms and never stands out from her co-stars as particularly memorable or conveys much below the surface. This lady can act (just watch Fruitvale Station), so hopefully she will be given roles with greater import in the years to come.
Oscar Nominee - Naomie Harris, Moonlight
This varied, dynamic turn from Harris as a drug-addicted mother seeking redemption has brought deserved awards attention throughout the year.
Oscar Dark Horse - Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
A distant dark horse, if only because the beloved Williams has yet to take home a trophy of her own. She is truly great in this role, but it will almost certainly be too small to overtake the presumptive victor.
Oscar Front Runner - Viola Davis, Fences
The year's surest bet to win that isn't related to La La Land. A rare instance in which a highly emotional performance hits all the right notes and does not feel like awards bait.
Chelsea's #5 - Kate McKinnon, Ghostbusters
Despite performing amongst a formidable cast of world-class comedians, she steals every single scene.
David's #5 - Elle Fanning, 20th Century Women
Angst can all too often be played broadly and safely, but Elle Fanning gives us a truly complex portrait of fledgling independence and rebellion in 20th Century Women. She is at once selfish and giving, an egotist and a realist.
Chelsea's #4 - Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
Gerwig's typical flighty persona falls into the background in the role of Abbie, a young photographer facing a life-changing medical challenge. Gerwig plays her with both assertiveness and fragility, and carefully balances the sisterly relationship budding between herself and a teenage boy.
David's #4 - Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
In a short amount of screen time, Williams displays impressive range, capturing immense grief and confusion as well as a recognizable mix of marital affection and annoyance.
Chelsea's #3 - Viola Davis, Fences
Davis should be nominated as a lead here, and every moment the camera lingers on her is perfection. Another standout performance in an excellent body of work she's building.
David's #3 - Viola Davis, Fences
A powerhouse reprisal of her work on Broadway, Davis commands the screen in silence and allows her character to simmer until exploding into moments of repressed aggression. Further, her character never becomes simplistic and remains elusive throughout as she displays a striking confluence of pragmatism and emotion.
Chelsea's #2 - Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Gladstone plays a shy, lonely woman looking for connection in the quiet world of rural Montana where only horses and dogs keep her company. She's absolutely heartbreaking.
David's #2 - Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Introverts are hard to capture, but Gladstone succeeds in providing the most memorable figure of Certain Women, conveying true longing and kindness in her sparsely communicated interactions, making even small gestures seem monumental.
Chelsea's #1 - Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
She's in just a handful of scenes in this powerful film, and nails every single one. I can't even think about the conversation she has with her ex-husband towards the end, which is so full of stifled sadness and overwhelming empathy, without welling up.
David's #1 - Rachel Weisz, The Lobster
The Lobster is such a strange movie that its actors had to find new venues to communicate emotion, and likely due to strong direction, the ensemble universally impresses. This is nowhere more true than with Weisz's portrayal of a determined, guarded revolutionary who is transformed by the prospect of human connection. She is at once abrasive and uniquely sympathetic here, and it makes the peculiar movements of the film resonate in unexpected ways.
Check in tomorrow as we turn our attention to leading actors!