Oscars 2011 Breakdown: Best Supporting Actor & Best Supporting Actress

And today we look at the Supporting categories. Not much to say here. Best Supporting Actor is typically a place where they reward great, flashy, scene-stealing performances, as well as the occasional veteran, and Best Supporting Actress is typically where they reward veterans and up-and-comers.

They’re pretty self-explanatory, and most of the time you can see where the winner came from. I also feel like they’re on quite a roll, these two categories. I haven’t disliked a Best Supporting Actor choice in almost a decade, and Best Supporting Actress has also been pretty strong, overall. And I think they’ve both been terrific over the past two years. This year, I feel, may break those trends, but the categories are kind of weak on the whole, so it’s not that big a deal. Plus, typically the Supporting categories aren’t the strongest, so in a way we’ve been spoiled by the past few years.

We’ll start with all the Best Supporting Actor winners. Remember, these two categories weren’t introduced until the 9th Academy Awards (1936).


Best Supporting Actor Winners

Other Nominees


Walter Brennan, Come and Get It

Mischa Auer, My Man Godfrey

Stuart Erwin, Pigskin Parade

Basil Rathbone, Romeo and Juliet

Akim Tamiroff, The General Died at Dawn


Joseph Schildkraut, The Life of Emile Zola

Ralph Bellamy, The Awful Truth

Thomas Mitchell, The Hurricane

H.B. Warner, Lost Horizon

Roland Young, Topper


Walter Brennan, Kentucky

John Garfield, Four Daughters

Gene Lockhart, Algiers

Robert Morely, Marie Antoinette

Basil Rathbone, If I Were King


Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach

Brian Aherne, Juarez

Harry Carey, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Brian Donlevy, Beau Geste

Claude Rains, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


Walter Brennan, The Westerner

Albert Basserman, Foreign Correspondent

William Gargan, They Knew What They Wanted

Jack Oakie, The Great Dictator

James Stephenson, The Letter


Donald Crisp, How Green Was My Valley

Walter Brennan, Sergeant York

Charles Coburn, The Devil and Miss Jones

James Gleason, Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Sydney Greenstreet, The Maltese Falcon


Van Heflin, Johnny Eager

William Bendix, Wake Island

Walter Huston, Yankee Doodle Dandy

Frank Morgan, Tortilla Flat

Henry Travers, Mrs. Miniver


Charles Coburn, The More the Merrier

Charles Bickford, The Song of Bernadette

J. Carrol Naish, Sahara

Claude Rains, Casablanca

Akim Tamiroff, For Whom the Bell Tolls


Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way

Hume Cronyn, The Seventh Cross

Claude Rains, Mr. Skeffington

Clifton Webb, Laura

Monty Woolley, Since You Went Away


James Dunn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Michael Chekhov, Spellbound

John Dall, The Corn is Green

Robert Mitchum, The Story of G.I. Joe

J. Carrol Naish, A Medal for Benny


Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives

Charles Coburn, The Green Years

William Demarest, The Jolson Story

Claude Rains, Notorious

Clifton Webb, The Razor’s Edge


Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street

Charles Bickford, The Farmer’s Daughter

Thomas Gomez, Ride the Pink Horse

Robert Ryan, Crossfire

Richard Widmark, Kiss of Death


Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Charles Bickford, Johnny Belinda

José Ferrer, Joan of Arc

Oskar Homolka, I Remember Mama

Cecil Kellaway, The Luck of the Irish


Dean Jagger, Twelve O’Clock High

John Ireland, All the King’s Men

Arthur Kennedy, Champion

Ralph Richardson, The Heiress

James Whitmore, Battleground


George Sanders, All About Eve

Jeff Chandler, Broken Arrow

Edmund Gwenn, Mister 880

Sam Jaffe, The Asphalt Jungle

Erich von Stroheim, Sunset Boulevard


Karl Malden, A Streetcar Named Desire

Leo Genn, Quo Vadis

Kevin McCarthy, Death of a Salesman

Peter Ustinov, Quo Vadis

Gig Young, Come Fill the Gap


Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!

Richard Burton, My Cousin Rachel

Arthur Hunnicutt, The Big Sky

Victor McLaglen, The Quiet Man

Jack Palance, Sudden Fear


Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity

Eddie Albert, Roman Holiday

Brandon de Wilde, Shane

Jack Palance, Shane

Robert Strauss, Stalag 17


Edmund O’Brien, The Barefoot Contessa

Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront

Karl Malden, On the Waterfront

Rod Steiger, On the Waterfront

Tom Tully, The Caine Mutiny


Jack Lemmon, Mister Roberts

Arthur Kennedy, Trial

Joe Mantell, Marty

Sal Mineo, Rebel Without a Cause

Arthur O’Connell, Picnic


Anthony Quinn, Lust for Life

Don Murray, Bus Stop

Anthony Perkins, Friendly Persuasion

Mickey Rooney, The Bold and the Brave

Robert Stack, Written on the Wind


Red Buttons, Sayonara

Vittorio de Sica, A Farewell to Arms

Sessue Hayakawa, The Bridge on the River Kwai

Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place

Russ Tamblyn, Peyton Place


Burl Ives, The Big Country

Theodore Bikel, The Defiant Ones

Lee J. Cobb, The Brothers Karamozov

Arthur Kennedy, Some Came Running

Gig Young, Teacher’s Pet


Hugh Griffith, Ben-Hur

Arthur O’Connell, Anatomy of a Murder

George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder

Robert Vaughn, The Young Philadelphians

Ed Wynn, The Diary of Anne Frank


Peter Ustinov, Spartacus

Peter Falk, Murder, Inc.

Jack Kruschen, The Apartment

Sal Mineo, Exodus

Chill Wills, The Alamo


George Chakiris, West Side Story

Montgomery Clift, Judgment at Nuremberg

Peter Falk, Pocketful of Miracles

Jackie Gleason, The Hustler

George C. Scott, The Hustler


Ed Begley, Sweet Bird of Youth

Victor Buono, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Telly Savalas, Birdman of Alcatraz

Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia

Terence Stamp, Billy Budd


Melvyn Douglas, Hud

Nick Adams, Twilight of Horror

Bobby Darin, Captain Newman, M.D.

Hugh Griffith, Tom Jones

John Huston, The Cardinal


Peter Ustinov, Topkapi

John Gielgud, Becket

Stanley Holloway, My Fair Lady

Edmond O’Brien, Seven Days in May

Lee Tracy, The Best Man


Martin Balsam, A Thousand Clowns

Ian Bannen, Flight of the Phoenix

Tom Courtenay, Doctor Zhivago

Michael Dunn, Ship of Fools

Frank Finlay, Othello


Walter Matthau, The Fortune Cookie

Mako, The Sand Pebbles

James Mason, Georgy Girl

George Segal, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Robert Shaw, A Man for All Seasons


George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke

John Cassavetes, The Dirty Dozen

Gene Hackman, Bonnie and Clyde

Cecil Kellaway, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Michael J. Pollard, Bonnie and Clyde


Jack Albertson, The Subject Was Roses

Seymour Cassel, Faces

Daniel Massey, Star!

Jack Wild, Oliver!

Gene Wilder, The Producers


Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Rupert Crosse, The Reivers

Elliott Gould, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Jack Nicholson, Easy Rider

Anthony Quayle, Anne of the Thousand Days


John Mills, Ryan’s Daughter

Richard S. Castellano, Lovers and Other Strangers

Chief Dan George, Little Big Man

Gene Hackman, I Never Sang for My Father

John Marley, Love Story


Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show

Jeff Bridges, The Last Picture Show

Leonard Frey, Fiddler on the Roof

Richard Jaeckel, Sometimes a Great Notion

Roy Scheider, The French Connection


Joel Grey, Cabaret

Eddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid

James Caan, The Godfather

Robert Duvall, The Godfather

Al Pacino, The Godfather


John Houseman, The Paper Chase

Vincent Gardenia, Bang the Drum Slowly

Jack Gilford, Save the Tiger

Jason Miller, The Exorcist

Randy Quaid, The Last Detail


Robert De Niro, The Godfather Part II

Fred Astaire, The Towering Inferno

Jeff Bridges, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Michael V. Gazzo, The Godfather Part II

Lee Strasberg, The Godfather Part II


George Burns, The Sunshine Boys

Brad Dourif, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Burgess Meredith, The Day of the Locust

Chris Sarandon, Dog Day Afternoon

Jack Warden, Shampoo


Jason Robards, All the President’s Men

Ned Beatty, Network

Burgess Meredith, Rocky

Laurence Olivier, Marathon Man

Burt Young, Rocky


Jason Robards, Julia

Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point

Peter Firth, Equus

Alec Guinness, Star Wars

Maximilian Schell, Julia


Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter

Bruce Dern, Coming Home

Richard Farnsworth, Comes a Horseman

John Hurt, Midnight Express

Jack Warden, Heaven Can Wait


Melvyn Douglas, Being There

Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now

Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer

Frederic Forrest, The Rose

Mickey Rooney, The Black Stallion


Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People

Judd Hirsch, Ordinary People

Michael O’Keefe, The Great Santini

Joe Pesci, Raging Bull

Jason Robards, Melvin and Howard


John Gielgud, Arthur

James Coco, Only When I Laugh

Ian Holm, Chariots of Fire

Jack Nicholson, Reds

Howard Rollincs, Ragtime


Lou Gossett Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman

Charles Durning, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

John Lithgow, The World According to Garp

James Mason, The Verdict

Robert Preston, Victor Victoria


Jack Nicholson, Terms of Endearment

Charles Durning, To Be or Not to Be

John Lithgow, Terms of Endearment

Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff

Rip Torn, Cross Creek


Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields

Adolph Ceasar, A Soldier’s Story

John Malkovich, Places in the Heart

Pat Morita, The Karate Kid

Ralph Richardson, Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes


Don Ameche, Cocoon

Klaus Maria Brandauer, Out of Africa

William Hickey, Prizzi’s Honor

Robert Loggia, Jagged Edge

Eric Roberts, Runaway Train


Michael Caine, Hannah and Her Sisters

Tom Berenger, Platoon

Willem Dafoe, Platoon

Denholm Elliott, A Room with a View

Dennis Hopper, Hoosiers


Sean Connery, The Untouchables

Albert Brooks, Broadcast News

Morgan Freeman, Street Smart

Vincent Gardenia, Moonstruck

Denzel Washington, Cry Freedom


Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda

Alec Guinness, Little Dorrit

Martin Landau, Tucker: The Man and His Dream 

River Phoenix, Running on Empty

Dean Stockwell, Married to the Mob


Denzel Washington, Glory

Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing

Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy

Marlon Brando, A Dry White Season

Martin Landau, Crimes and Misdemeanors


Joe Pesci, Goodfellas

Bruce Davidson, Longtime Companion

Andy Garcia, The Godfather Part III

Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves

Al Pacino, Dick Tracy


Jack Palance, City Slickers

Tommy Lee Jones, JFK

Harvey Keitel, Bugsy

Ben Kingsley, Bugsy

Michael Lerner, Barton Fink


Gene Hackman, Unforgiven

Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game

Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men

Al Pacino, Glengarry Glen Ross

David Paymer, Mr. Saturday Night


Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive

Leonardo DiCaprio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List

John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire

Pete Postlethwaite, In the Name of the Father


Martin Landau, Ed Wood

Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction

Chazz Palminteri, Bullets Over Broadway

Paul Scofield, Quiz Show

Gary Sinise, Forrest Gump


Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects

James Cromwell, Babe

Ed Harris, Apollo 13

Brad Pitt, Twelve Monkeys

Tim Roth, Rob Roy


Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire

William H. Macy, Fargo

Armin Mueller-Stahl, Shine

Edward Norton, Primal Fear

James Woods, Ghosts of Mississippi


Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting

Robert Forster, Jackie Brown

Anthony Hopkins, Amistad

Greg Kinnear, As Good as It Gets

Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights


James Coburn, Affliction

Robert Duvall, A Civil Action

Ed Harris, The Truman Show

Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love

Billy Bob Thornton, A Simple Plan


Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules

Tom Cruise, Magnolia

Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile

Jude Law, The Talented Mr. Ripley

Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense


Benicio del Toro, Traffic

Jeff Bridges, The Contender

Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire

Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich

Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator


Jim Broadbent Iris

Ethan Hawke, Training Day

Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast

Ian McKellen, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Jon Voight, Ali


Chris Cooper, Adaptation.

Ed Harris, The Hours

Paul Newman, Road to Perdition

John C. Reilly, Chicago

Christopher Walken, Catch Me if You Can


Tim Robbins, Mystic River

Alec Baldwin, The Cooler

Benicio del Toro, 21 Grams

Djimon Hounsou, In America

Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai


Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby

Alan Alda, The Aviator

Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Jamie Foxx, Collateral

Clive Owen, Closer


George Clooney, Syriana

Matt Dillon, Crash

Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man

Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain

William Hurt, A History of Violence 


Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children

Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond

Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

Mark Wahlberg, The Departed


Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War

Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild

Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton


Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Josh Brolin, Milk

Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road


Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones


Christian Bale, The Fighter

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids are All Right

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

This year’s not particularly strong at all. Most of the nominees are very worthy of a veteran Oscar, but the films and performances they were nominated for — not quite terrific.

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Here’s how I think they stand in terms of voting:

5. Jonah Hill, Moneyball. I can’t imagine him getting any traction for a vote. I still don’t understand how he got nominated. They must really love the film. Still, there’s no way, in this category, which is the most veteran-friendly of any category, that Hill gets any votes. No way. Believe me when I say this, he has no shot, and is clearly a #5. The nomination is his reward.

4. Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn. He’s a great actor, and he’s playing an acting legend. That counts for something, but at this stage in the game, not that much. It’s oddly fitting though, that he is nominated for this, since it’s pretty clear how badly he wants to be Olivier. (He and Olivier were both nominated for Best Actor and Best Director for their respective Henry V films.) But I don’t see them looking upon his performance as something that needs to be voted for. In fact, I might even say that Hill could possibly get more votes than he will. But I doubt it. Again, the Academy skews older. This is how Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, James Coburn, Michael Caine (the second time), Jack Palance, even Melvyn Douglas (the second time) all won. That leads me to believe Branagh has a slight edge over Hill. Either way, they’re #4 and #5. We’d all be shocked to see either of them win.

3. Nick Nolte, Warrior. This will tell you how weak this category is. This is a Nick Nolte nomination, not a  performance nomination. I don’t mind it, to be honest with you, since there aren’t many great male supporting performances they could have nominated in its place. I think Nolte might have a small outside chance at winning, but I really doubt it. I really do. The other two nominees are older, which makes their veteran status even more pristine. Plus, who even really saw this film? Let’s be honest here. Do you think half the voting members of the Academy even watched this screener?

2. Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Don’t be surprised if an upset happens here. It’s a real long shot, but it’s definitely possible. Max von Sydow is every bit the veteran Christopher Plummer is, and the film seems to have some kind of support (whether legitimate or not). It got a crazy ovation when the nominees were announced. Plummer is clearly way out in front, but maybe von Sydow makes a push? I doubt he wins, but maybe he makes it interesting. I don’t really care at this point. I didn’t love either film, and personally liked von Sydow’s performance better (simply because I’m a fan of mutes/silent performances). To me, neither performance is really worth voting for, and we’re voting for the man. Either man is worth an award, so I don’t really care which wins. But, clearly, von Sydow is only a #2 as of right now.

1. Plummer’s swept his way through this entire season. It’s almost impossible for someone to win SAG, the Globe and the BFCA Award and lose the Oscar. This shit is pretty much locked. (Note: The last time someone surprised and won the Oscar despite someone else winning those other awards? Alan Arkin. 2006. Veteran. Trust me, Plummer’s got this in the bag. And it’ll be the first award they announce, so it’ll be out of the way real fast.)



Best Supporting Actress Winners

Other Nominees


Gale Sondergaard, Anthony Adverse

Beulah Bondi, The Gorgeous Hussy

Alice Brady, My Man Godfrey

Bonita Granville, These Three

Maria Ouspenskaya, Dodsworth


Alice Brady, In Old Chicago

Andrea Leeds, Stage Door

Anne Shirley, Stella Dallas

Claire Trevor, Dead End

Dame May Whitty, Night Must Fall


Fay Bainter, Jezebel

Beulah Bondi, Of Human Hearts

Billie Burke, Merrily We Live

Spring Byington, You Can’t Take It With You

Miliza Korjus, The Great Waltz


Hattie McDaniel, Gone With the Wind

Olivia de Havilland, Gone With the Wind

Geraldine Fitzgerald, Wuthering Heights

Edna May Oliver, Drums Along the Mohawk

Maria Ouspenskaya, Love Affair


Jane Darwell, The Grapes of Wrath

Judith Anderson, Rebecca

Ruth Hussey, The Philadelphia Story

Barbara O’Neil, All This, and Heaven Too

Marjorie Rambeau, Primrose Path


Mary Astor, The Great Lie

Sarah Allgood, How Green Was My Valley

Patricia Collinge, The Little Foxes

Teresa Wright, The Little Foxes

Margaret Wycherly, Sergeant York


Teresa Wright, Mrs. Miniver

Gladys Cooper, Now, Voyager

Susan Peters, Random Harvest

Agnes Moorehead, The Magnificent Ambersons

Dame May Whitty, Mrs. Miniver


Katrina Paxinou, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Gladys Cooper, The Song of Bernadette

Paulette Goddard, So Proudly We Hail!

Anne Revere, The Song of Bernadette

Lucille Watson, Watch on the Rhine


Ethel Barrymore, None But the Lonely Heart

Jennifer Jones, Since You Went Away

Angela Lansbury, Gaslight

Aline MacMahon, Dragon Seed

Agnes Moorehead, Mrs. Parkington


Anne Revere, National Velvet

Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce

Ann Blyth, Mildred Pierce

Angela Lansbury, The Picture of Dorian Grey

Joan Lorring, The Corn is Green


Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge

Ethel Barrymore, The Spiral Staircase

Lillian Gish, Duel in the Sun

Flora Robson, Saratoga Trunk

Gale Sondergaard, Anna and the King of Siam


Celeste Holm, Gentleman’s Agreement

Ethel Barrymore, The Paradine Case

Gloria Grahame, Crossfire

Marjoria Main, The Egg and I

Anne Revere, Gentleman’s Agreement


Claire Trevor, Key Largo

Barbara Bel Geddes, I Remember Mama

Ellen Corby, I Remember Mama

Agnes Moorehead, Johnny Belinda

Jean Simmons, Hamlet


Mercedes McCambridge, All the King’s Men

Ethel Barrymore, Pinky

Celeste Holm, Come to the Stable

Elsa Lanchester, Come to the Stable

Ethel Waters, Pinky


Josephine Hull, Harvey

Hope Emerson, Caged

Celeste Holm, All About Eve

Susan Olson, Sunset Boulevard

Thelma Ritter, All About Eve


Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire

Joan Blondell, The Blue Veil

Mildred Dunnock, Death of a Salesman

Lee Grant, Detective Story

Thelma Ritter, The Mating Season


Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful

Jean Hagan, Singin’ in the Rain

Collette Marchand, Moulin Rouge

Terry Moore, Come Back, Little Sheba

Thelma Ritter, With a Song in My Heart


Donna Reed, From Here to Eternity

Grace Kelly, Mogambo

Geraldine Page, Hondo

Marjorie Rambeau, Torch Song

Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street


Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront

Nina Foch, Executive Suite

Katy Jurado, Executive Suite

Jan Sterling, The High and the Mighty

Claire Trevor, The High and the Mighty


Jo Van Fleet, East of Eden

Betsy Blair, Marty

Peggy Lee, Pete Kelly’s Blues

Marisa Pavan, The Rose Tattoo

Natalie Wood, Rebel Without a Cause


Dorothy Malone, Written on the Wind

Midred Dunnock, Baby Doll

Eileen Heckart, The Bad Seed

Mercedes McCambridge, Giant

Patty McCormack, The Bad Seed


Miyoshi Umeki, Sayonara

Carolyn Jones, The Bachelor Party

Elsa Lanchester, Witness for the Prosecution

Hope Lange, Peyton Place

Diane Varsi, Peyton Place


Wendy Hiller, Separate Tables

Peggy Cass, Autie Mame

Martha Hyer, Some Came Running

Maureen Stapleton, Lonelyhearts

Cara Williams, The Defiant Ones


Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank

Hermione Baddeley, Room at the Top

Susan Kohner, Imitation of Life

Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life

Thelma Ritter, Pillow Talk


Shirley Jones, Elmer Gantry

Glynis Johns, The Sundowners

Shirley Knight, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Janet Leigh, Psycho

Mary Ure, Sons and Lovers


Rita Moreno, West Side Story

Fay Bainter, The Children’s Hour

Judy Garland, Judgment at Nuremberg

Lotte Lenya, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Una Merkel, Summer and Smoke


Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker

Mary Badham, To Kill a Mockingbird

Shirley Knight, Sweet Bird of Youth

Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate

Thelma Ritter, Birdman of Alcatraz


Margaret Rutherford, The V.I.P.s

Diane Cilento, Tom Jones

Edith Evans, Tom Jones

Joyce Redman, Tom Jones

Lilia Skala, Lilies of the Field


Lila Kedrova, Zorba the Greek

Gladys Cooper, My Fair Lady

Edith Evans, The Chalk Garden

Grayson Hall, The Night of the Iguana

Agnes Moorehead, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte


Shelley Winters, A Patch of Blue

Ruth Gordon, Inside Daisy Clover

Joyce Redman, Othello

Maggie Smith, Othello

Peggy Wood, The Sound of Music


Sandy Dennis, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Wendy Hiller, A Man for All Seasons

Jocelyne LaGarde, Hawaii

Vivien Merchant, Alfie

Geraldine Page, You’re a Big Boy Now


Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde

Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Mildred Natwick, Barefoot in the Park

Beah Richards, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Katharine Ross, The Graduate


Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Babby

Lynn Carlin, Faces

Sondra Locke, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Kay Medford, Funny Girl

Estelle Parsons, Rachel, Rachel


Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower

Cahterine Burns, Last Summer

Dyan Cannon, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Sylvia Miles, Midnight Cowboy

Susanna York, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?


Helen Hayes, Airport

Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces

Lee Grant, The Landlord

Sally Kellerman, MASH

Maureen Stapleton, Airport


Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show

Ann-Margret, Carnal Knowledge

Ellen Burstyn, The Last Picture Show

Barbara Harris, Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

Margaret Leighton, The Go-Between


Eileen Heckart, Butterflies are Free

Jeannie Berlin, The Heartbreak Kid

Geraldine Page, Pete ‘n’ Tillie

Susan Tyrrell, Fat City

Shelley Winters, The Poseidon Adventure


Tatum O’Neal, Paper Moon

Linda Blair, The Exorcist

Candy Clark, American Graffiti

Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon

Sylvia Sidney, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams


Ingrid Begman, Murder on the Orient Express

Valentina Cortese, Day for Night

Madeline Kahn, Blazing Saddles

Diane Ladd, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Talia Shire, The Godfather Part II


Lee Grant, Shampoo

Ronee Blakley, Nashville

Sylvia Miles, Farewell, My Lovely

Lily Tomlin, Nashville

Brenda Vaccaro, Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough


Beatrice Straight, Network

Jane Alexander, All the President’s Men

Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver

Lee Grant, Voyage of the Damned

Piper Laurie, Carrie


Vanessa Redgrave, Julia

Leslie Browne, The Turning Point

Quinn Cummings, The Goodbye Girl

Melinda Dillon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Tuesday Weld, Looking for Mr. Goodbar


Maggie Smith, California Suite

Dyan Cannon, Heaven Can Wait

Penelope Milford, Coming Home

Maureen Stapleton, Interiors

Meryl Streep, The Deer Hunter


Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer

Jane Alexander, Kramer vs. Kramer

Barbara Barrie, Breaking Away

Candice Bergen, Starting Over

Mariel Heminway, Manhattan


Mary Steenburgen, Melvin and Howard

Eileen Brennan, Private Benjamin

Eva Le Gallienne, Resurrection

Cathy Moriarty, Raging Bull

Diana Scarwid, Inside Moves


Maureen Stapleton, Reds

Melinda Dillon, Absence of Malice

Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond

Joan Hackett, The Last Laugh

Elizabeth McGovern, Ragtime


Jessica Lange, Tootsie

Glenn Close, The World According to Garp

Teri Garr, Tootsie

Kim Stanley, Frances

Lesley Ann Warren, Victor Victoria


Linda Hunt, The Year of Living Dangerously

Cher, Silkwood

Glenn Close, The Big Chill

Amy Irving, Yentl

Alfre Woodard, Cross Creek


Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India

Glenn Close, The Natural

Lindsay Crouse, Places in the Heart

Christine Lahti, Swing Shift

Geraldine Page, The Pope of Greenwich Village


Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

Margaret Avery, The Color Purple

Amy Madigan, Twice in a Lifetime

Meg Tilly, Agnes of God

Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple


Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters

Tess Harper, Crimes of the Heart

Piper Laurie, Children of a Lesser God

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, The Color of Money

Maggie Smith, A Room with a Vier


Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck

Norma Aleandro, Gaby: A True Story

Anne Archer, Fatal Attraction

Anne Ramsey, Throw Momma from the Train

Ann Sothern, The Whales of August


Geena Davis, The Accidental Tourist

Joan Cusack, Working Girl

Frances McDormand, Mississippi Burning

Michelle Pfeiffer, Dangerous Liaisons

Sigourney Weaver, Working Girl


Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot

Anjelica Huston, Enemies, a Love Story

Lena Olin, Enemies, a Love Story

Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias

Dianne Wiest, Parenthood


Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost

Annette Bening, The Grifters

Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas

Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart

Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves


Mercedes Ruehl, The Fisher King

Diane Ladd, Rambling Rose

Juliette Lewis, Cape Fear

Kate Nelligan, The Prince of Tides

Jessica Tandy, Fried Green Tomatoes


Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny

Judy Davis, Husbands and Wives

Joan Plowright, Enchanted April

Vanessa Redgrave, Howards End

Miranda Richardson, Damage


Anna Paquin, The Piano

Holly Hunter, The Firm

Rosie Perez, Fearless

Winona Ryder, The Age of Innocence

Emma Thompson, In the Name of the Father


Dianne Wiest, Bullets over Broadway

Rosemary Harris, Tom & Viv

Helen Mirren, The Madness of King George

Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction

Jennifer Tilly, Bullets over Broadway


Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite

Joan Allen, Nixon

Kathleen Quinlan, Apollo 13

Mare Winningham, Georgia

Kate Winslet, Sense an Sensibility


Juliette Binoche, The English Patient

Joan Allen, The Crucible

Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces

Barbara Hershey, Portrait of a Lady

Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets & Lies


Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential

Joan Cusack, In & Out

Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting

Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights

Gloria Stuart, Titanic


Judi Dench, Shakespeare in Love

Kathy Bates, Primary Colors

Brenda Blethyn, Little Voice

Rachel Griffiths, Hilary and Jackie

Lynn Redgrave, Gods and Monsterds


Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted

Toni Collette, The Sixth Sense

Catherine Keener, Being John Malkovich

Samantha Morton, Sweet and Lowdown

Chloe Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry


Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock

Judi Dench, Chocolat

Kate Hudson, Almost Famous

Frances McDormand, Almost Famous

Julie Walters, Billy Elliot


Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind

Helen Mirren, Gosford Park

Maggie Smith, Gosford Park

Marisa Tomei, In the Bedroom

Kate Winslet, Iris


Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago

Kathy Bates, About Schmidt

Queen Latifah, Chicago

Julianne Moore, The Hours

Meryl Streep, Adaptation


Renée Zellweger, Cold Mountain

Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog

Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April

Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River

Holly Huntet, Thirteen


Cate Blanchett, The Aviator

Laura Linney, Kinsey

Virginia Madsen, Sideways

Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda

Natalie Portman, Closer


Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

Amy Adams, Junebug

Catherine Keener, Capote

Frances McDormand, North Country

Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain


Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Adriana Barraza, Babel

Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal

Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

Rinko Kikuchi, Babel


Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There

Ruby Dee, American Gangster

Saoirse Ronan, Atonement

Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone


Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Amy Adams, Doubt

Viola Davis, Doubt

Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler


Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

Penelope Cruz, Nine

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air


Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

This year’s category is:

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

I think this category is weak. Well, it’s middle of the road. It would have been a lot stronger had they taken off McTeer and put on Shailene Woodley. I’ll even allow the McCarthy nomination (even though I’d have put on Carey Mulligan for Shame). But, this one is as much locked as Supporting Actor is. So let’s get this out of the way quickly:

5. Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs. Clearly just along for the ride. They love gender-bending, don’t they? She won’t get any votes.

4. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids. The nomination is the reward. Only people truly disgusted with the category are gonna vote for her. No chance in hell. (Don’t even think of telling me otherwise.)

3. Jessica Chastain, The Help. She had such an all-star year. I’m surprised she’s not the frontrunner here. The only reason I don’t care is because it seems like, at the rate she’s going, she’ll have a Best Actress trophy within a few years. Seriously, with the right set of roles, she can be the new Greer Garson. Watch out for this one. (She has no chance against Spencer, though, as the precursors have made it abundantly clear.)

2. Bérénice Bejo, The Artist. The reason she’s second and not Chastain is because the love for the film could carry over and get her votes. The more I look at it, the more I think that, were she nominated, I might have actually voted for Shailene Woodley. But I digress. Bejo is clearly the second choice behind Spencer, simply because of the film. That should tell you the likelihood of it happening.

1. Octavia Spencer, The Help. Won SAG, won BFCA, won The Globe. She’s not losing. Simple as that. (The only time SAG and the Globe both linked up and they were wrong in this category was 1996, when Juliette Binoche shocked Lauren Bacall. That may have had something to do with film quality and love for the other film. Like I said, Bejo is the spoiler. Still, it’s rare for this kind of consensus. I’d be shocked (happily so, but shocked nonetheless) if Spencer didn’t win.)

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Pretty simple, really. These are very cut and dry this year. It’s nice when they’re cut and dry in weaker categories, since they don’t really piss you off as much. It’s not like anyone in either of these categories needs to win (the same can be said about the lead categories. I mean, Oldman should win based on his career, but it’s not like he needs to win).

Tomorrow we start with the rest of the categories. Tomorrow’s article features my favorite four categories that aren’t the big six. (I’ll give you a hint, they’re not the shorts.


2 responses

  1. I agree with Plummer, but I think Bejo will pull the major upset. She probably won’t, but I think the voters will fall in love with The Artist.

    February 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    • BlueFox94

      I would shy away of making “THE ARTIST” sweep the awards. The only Oscars it should win (in order of likelihood) are Score, Picture, Director, and Actor. If it wins Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design, or Original Screenplay, that might be overhaul. Come on, spread the love!

      February 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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