The Abridged Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress

I got the idea for this shortly after all the articles went up. (You can find the articles here.) I was thinking — “What would it be like if circumstances didn’t matter? If I just voted based solely on the category and what was nominated?” Naturally that led to, “Well that can become a nice series of articles.” So that’s what they’re becoming.

I’m calling it my Abridged Oscar Quest. I’m going to go through every year of every category, and simply pick winners based solely on the category. I will not take into account what won before, what is the “classy choice,” what never had a shot. Just — here are the nominees, here’s what I would vote for if I had a ballot. I’m taking into account nothing but the films.

I’m going to star (*) the film I’d vote for.

Today is Best Supporting Actress:

2011 – Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help *

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

2010 – Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Melissa Leo, The Fighter *

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

2009 – Penélope Cruz, Nine

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

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

2008 – Amy Adams, Doubt *

Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis, Doubt

Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

2007 – Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There

Ruby Dee, American Gangster

Saorise Ronan, Atonement *

Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

2006 – Adriana Barraza, Babel *

Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal

Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

2005 – Amy Adams, Junebug *

Catherine Keener, Capote

Frances McDormand, North Country

Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

2004 – Cate Blanchett, The Aviator *

Laura Linney, Kinsey

Virginia Madsen, Sideways

Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda

Natalie Portman, Closer

2003 – Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog *

Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April

Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River

Holly Hunter, Thirteen

Renée Zellweger, Cold Mountain

2002 – Kathy Bates, About Schmidt

Julianne Moore, The Hours

Queen Latifah, Chicago

Meryl Streep, Adaptation.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago *

2001 – Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind *

Helen Mirren, Gosford Park

Maggie Smith, Gosford Park

Marisa Tomei, In the Bedroom

Kate Winslet, Iris

2000 – Judi Dench, Chocolat

Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock

Kate Hudson, Almost Famous *

Frances McDormand, Almost Famous

Julie Walters, Billy Elliot

1999 – Toni Collette, The Sixth Sense

Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted

Catherine Keener, Being John Malkovich

Samantha Morton, Sweet and Lowdown *

Chloë Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry

1998 – Kathy Bates, Primary Colors

Brenda Blethyn, Little Voice

Judi Dench, Shakespeare in Love *

Rachel Griffiths, Hilary and Jackie

Lynn Redgrave, Gods and Monsters

1997 – Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential

Joan Cusack, In & Out *

Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting

Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights

Gloria Stuart, Titanic

1996 – Joan Allen, The Crucible

Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces

Juliette Binoche, The English Patient *

Barbara Hershey, The Portrait of a Lady

Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets & Lies

1995 – Joan Allen, Nixon

Kathleen Quinlan, Apollo 13

Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite *

Mare Winningham, Georgia

Kate Winslet, Sense and Sensibility

1994 – Rosemary Harris, Tom & Viv

Helen Mirren, The Madness of King George

Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction

Jennifer Tilly, Bullets Over Broadway *

Dianne Wiest, Bullets Over Broadway

1993 – Holly Hunter, The Firm

Anna Paquin, The Piano

Rosie Perez, Fearless

Winona Ryder, The Age of Innocence

Emma Thompson, In the Name of the Father *

1992 – Judy Davis, Husbands and Wives

Joan Plowright, Enchanted April

Vanessa Redgrave, Howards End

Miranda Richardson, Damage

Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny *

1991 – Diane Ladd, Rambling Rose

Juliette Lewis, Cape Fear

Kate Nelligan, The Prince of Tides

Mercedes Ruehl, The Fisher King *

Jessica Tandy, Fried Green Tomatoes

1990 – Annette Bening, The Grifters

Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas *

Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost

Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart

Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves

1989 – Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot *

Anjelica Huston, Enemies, A Love Story

Lena Olin, Enemies, A Love Story

Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias

Dianne Wiest, Parenthood

1988 – Joan Cusack, Working Girl

Geena Davis, The Accidental Tourist

Frances McDormand, Mississippi Burning

Michelle Pfeiffer, Dangerous Liaisons *

Sigourney Weaver, Working Girl

1987 – Norma Aleandro, Gaby: A True Story

Anne Archer, Fatal Attraction

Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck

Anne Ramsey, Throw Momma From the Train *

Ann Sothern, The Whales of August

1986 – 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 View

Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters

1985 – Margaret Avery, The Color Purple

Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

Amy Madigan, Twice in a Lifetime

Meg Tilly, Agnes of God *

Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple

1984 – 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

1983 – Cher, Silkwood

Glenn Close, The Big Chill

Linda Hunt, The Year of Living Dangerously *

Amy Irving, Yentl

Alfre Woodard, Cross Creek

1982 – Glenn Close, The World According to Garp *

Teri Garr, Tootsie

Jessica Lange, Tootsie

Kim Stanley, Frances

Lesley Ann Warren, Victor Victoria

1981 – Melinda Dillon, Absence of Malice

Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond *

Joan Hackett, Only When I Laugh

Elizabeth McGovern, Ragtime

Maureen Stapleton, Reds

1980 – Eileen Brennan, Private Benjamin

Eva Le Gallienne, Resurrection

Cathy Moriarty, Raging Bull *

Diana Scarwid, Inside Moves

Mary Steenburgen, Melvin and Howard

1979 – Jane Alexander, Kramer vs. Kramer

Barbara Barrie, Breaking Away

Candice Bergen, Starting Over

Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan

Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer *

1978 – Dyan Cannon, Heaven Can Wait

Penelope Milford, Coming Home

Maggie Smith, California Suite *

Maureen Stapleton, Interiors

Meryl Streep, The Deer Hunter

1977 – Leslie Browne, The Turning Point

Quinn Cummings, The Goodbye Girl *

Melinda Dillon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Vanessa Redgrave, Julia

Tuesday Weld, Looking for Mr. Goodbar

1976 – Jane Alexander, All the President’s Men

Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver *

Lee Grant, Voyage of the Damned

Piper Laurie, Carrie

Beatrice Straight, Network

1975 – Ronnee Blakley, Nashville

Lee Grant, Shampoo *

Sylvia Miles, Farewell, My Lovely

Lily Tomlin, Nashville

Brenda Vaccaro, Jacqueline Susan’s Once Is Not Enough

1974 – Ingrid Bergman, 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

1973 – Linda Blair, The Exorcist

Candy Clark, American Graffiti

Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon

Tatum O’Neal, Paper Moon *

Sylvia Sydney, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

1972 – Jeannie Berlin, The Heartbreak Kid

Eileen Heckart, Butterflies are Free

Geraldine Page, Pete ‘n’ Tillie

Susan Tyrell, Fat City

Shelley Winters, The Poseidon Adventure *

1971 – Ellen Burstyn, The Last Picture Show

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

Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show

Margaret Leighton, The Go-Between

Ann-Margret, Carnal Knowledge *

1970 – Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces

Lee Grant, The Landlord

Helen Hayes, Airport *

Sally Kellerman, MASH

Maureen Stapleton, Airport

1969 – Catherine Burns, Last Summer

Dyan Cannon, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower *

Sylvia Miles, Midnight Cowboy

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

1968 – Lynn Carlin, Faces

Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Baby

Sondra Locke, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter *

Kay Medford, Funny Girl

Estelle Parsons, Rachel, Rachel

1967 – Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Mildred Natwick, Barefoot in the Park

Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde *

Beah Richards, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Katharine Ross, The Graduate

1966 – 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

1965 – Ruth Gordon, Inside Daisy Clover

Joyce Redman, Othello

Maggie Smith, Othello

Shelley Winters, A Patch of Blue *

Peggy Wood, The Sound of Music

1964 – Gladys Cooper, My Fair Lady

Edith Evans, The Chalk Garden

Grayson Hall, The Night of the Iguana

Lila Kedrova, Zorba the Greek

Agnes Moorehead, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte *

1963 – Diane Cilento, Tom Jones

Edith Evans, Tom Jones

Joyce Redman, Tom Jones *

Margaret Rutherford, The V.I.P.s

Lilia Skala, Lilies of the Field

1962 – Mary Badham, To Kill a Mockingbird *

Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker

Shirley Knight, Sweet Bird of Youth

Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate

Thelma Ritter, Birdman of Alcatraz

1961 – Fay Bainter, The Children’s Hour

Judy Garland, Judgment at Nuremberg

Lotte Lenya, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Una Merkel, Summer and Smoke

Rita Moreno, West Side Story *

1960 – Glynis Johns, The Sundowners

Shirley Jones, Elmer Gantry

Shirley Knight, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Janet Leigh, Psycho *

Mary Ure, Sons and Lovers

1959 – Hermione Baddeley, Room at the Top

Susan Kohner, Imitation of Life *

Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life

Thelma Ritter, Pillow Talk

Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank

1958 – Peggy Cass, Auntie Mame

Wendy Hiller, Separate Tables *

Martha Hyer, Some Came Running

Maureen Stapleton, Lonelyhearts

Cara Williams, The Defiant Ones

1957 – Carolyn Jones, The Bachelor Party

Elsa Lanchester, Witness for Prosecution

Hope Lange, Peyton Place *

Miyoshi Umeki, Sayonara

Diane Varsi, Peyton Place

1956 – Mildred Dunnock, Baby Doll

Eileen Heckart, The Bad Seed

Dorothy Malone, Written on the Wind

Mercedes McCambridge, Giant

Patty McCormack, The Bad Seed *

1955 – Betsy Blair, Marty *

Peggy Lee, Pete Kelly’s Blues

Marisa Pavan, The Rose Tattoo

Jo Van Fleet, East of Eden

Natalie Wood, Rebel Without a Cause

1954 – Nina Foch, Executive Suite

Katy Jurado, Broken Lance

Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront *

Jan Sterling, The High and the Mighty

Claire Trevor, The High and the Mighty

1953 – Grace Kelly, Mogambo

Geraldine Page, Hondo

Marjorie Rambeau, Torch Song

Donna Reed, From Here to Eternity *

Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street

1952 – 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

1951 – Joan Blondell, The Blue Veil

Mildred Dunnock, Death of a Salesman

Lee Grant, Detective Story

Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire *

Thelma Ritter, The Mating Season

1950 – Hope Emerson, Caged

Celeste Holm, All About Eve

Josephine Hull, Harvey *

Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard

Thelma Ritter, All About Eve

1949 – Ethel Barrymore, Pinky

Celeste Holm, Come to the Stable

Elsa Lanchester, Come to the Stable

Mercedes McCambridge, All the King’s Men *

Ethel Waters, Pinky

1948 – Barbara Bel Geddes, I Remember Mama

Ellen Corby, I Remember Mama

Agnes Moorehead, Johnny Belinda *

Jean Simmons, Hamlet

Claire Trevor, Key Largo

1947 – Ethel Barrymore, The Paradine Case

Gloria Grahame, Crossfire

Celeste Holm, Gentleman’s Agreement *

Marjorie Mann, The Egg and I

Anne Revere, Gentleman’s Agreement

1946 – Ethel Barrymore, The Spiral Staircase

Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge *

Lillian Gish, Duel in the Sun

Flora Robson, Saratoga Trunk

Gale Sondergaard, Anna and the King of Siam

1945 – Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce

Ann Blyth, Mildred Pierce

Angela Lansbury, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Joan Lorring, The Corn Is Green

Anne Revere, National Velvet *

1944 – Ethel Barrymore, None But the Lonely Heart

Jennifer Jones, Since You Went Away

Angela Lansbury, Gaslight

Aline MacMahon, Dragon Seed

Agnes Moorhead, Mrs. Parkington *

1943 – Gladys Cooper, The Song of Bernadette

Paulette Godard, So Proudly We Hail! *

Katina Paxinou, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Anne Revere, The Song of Bernadette

Lucile Watson, Watch on the Rhine

1942 – Gladys Cooper, Now, Voyager

Agnes Moorehead, The Magnificent Ambersons

Susan Peters, Random Harvest

Dame Mae Whitty, Mrs. Miniver

Teresa Wright, Mrs. Miniver *

1941 – Sara Allgood, How Green Was My Valley

Mary Astor, The Great Lie *

Patricia Collinge, The Little Foxes

Teresa Wright, The Little Foxes

Margaret Wycherly, Sergeant York

1940 – Judith Anderson, Rebecca *

Jane Darwell, The Grapes of Wrath

Ruth Hussey, The Philadelphia Story

Barbara O’Neil, All This, and Heaven Too

Marjorie Rambeau, Primrose Path

1939 – Olivia de Havilland, Gone With the Wind

Geraldine Fitzgerald, Wuthering Heights

Edna May Oliver, Drums Along the Mohawk

Hattie McDaniel, Gone With the Wind *

Maria Ouspenskaya, Love Affair

1938 – 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

1937 – Alice Brady, In Old Chicago

Andrea Leeds, Stage Door *

Anne Shirley, Stella Dallas

Claire Trevor, Dead End

Dame Mae Whitty, Night Must Fall

1936 – Beulah Bondi, The Gorgeous Hussy

Alice Brady, My Man Godfrey *

Bonita Granville, These Three

Maria Ouspenskaya, Dodsworth

Gale Sondergaard, Anthony Adverse


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