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The Oscar Quest: Weakest Best Supporting Actress Categories

This is perhaps the article I’ve been waiting for. Picking the worst Best Supporting Actress categories is like asking an astronomer what their favorite planet is.

I don’t really know where that analogy came from.

Best Supporting Actress is, easily, the weakest of all the major Oscar categories. Don’t believe me? Just wait until you see some of these categories. They’re really terrible. The worst is when they’re terrible and they don’t have a clear winner. Oh man, I hate that.

Also, as always — the idea is that all of these are weak, and the specific rankings are personal preference. (I have to keep saying this, because there’s always some asshole that’s gonna bitch about pointless stuff. This is the internet.)

So here are the weakest Best Supporting Actress categories. Brace yourself. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Strongest Best Supporting Actress Categories

Best Supporting Actress is one of those Oscar categories — it’s not always strong. In fact, if I had to think about it off the top of my head, I’d guess that the majority of the categories, of all 84 of them, are weak. It’s just stigma. This article will hopefully (somewhat) disprove that.

The thing about Best Supporting Actress is — of all the categories — it’s the one that’s most filled with two extremes: the really old veterans and the really young up-and-comers. And that tends to distort the strength of the categories. Also, there are a lot of “types” here. The women tend to get nominated based on types, especially early on. It’s the “Ma” role, or the “tragic woman” role. You see a lot of these operating in the nominations, especially if it doesn’t make sense why something is nominated. (Also, some of them are clearly, “Hey, Warners has a new starlet they want to build up, let’s push for a nomination,” sort of thing.)

So we’ll do our best to navigate through that. But I feel, these categories are actually really strong. And I’m a bit surprised I actually got 15 that I feel are really solid categories.

Here are, what I consider (remember, as I always say — it’s not about the specific rankings. Let’s all agree that these categories belong on the list. The specifics are a matter of personal opinion) the strongest Best Supporting Actress categories: (more…)

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