Friday, January 30, 2015

Awards-Nazi Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actress

Unlike their male counterparts over in Best Supporting Actor, the five actresses chosen for my own personal ballot had a lot of competition to rise above in order to secure this nomination, and even as I write this they're not that secure. Ask me again tomorrow and I may have three or four new names surfacing as my favourites. That's because there's been a deep well from which to draw this year. So much so, that overlap between me and the Academy has been limited to a single performance (which is obviously going to win that Oscar, so you won't hear me complaining).

Check out my Best Supporting Actress contenders for 2014:

Arquette is superb as a no-nonsense single mom struggling nobly to make a better life for her children, ill equipped as she is to deal with her own personal pressures. In many ways the audience surrogate, she carries the film's emotional torch with tremendous empathy and authenticity. Her final scene is absolutely crushing.

JESSICA CHASTAIN in A Most Violent Year
Chastain brings a take on this crime movie staple – the mob wife secretly pulling her husband's strings – that is both familiar yet fresh, mixing genuine spousal affection with venomous disdain. You get the unflappable impression of a woman who would certainly dominate this business if gender politics weren't constraining her.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON in Captain America 2
Scar-Jo's had another stellar year with Lucy and Under the Skin to her credit as well, but this is the performance that seems to epitomize her appealing blend of star charisma and actorly precision. She's funny and playful, but filtered through a haunting past that the script only hints at; Works wonders with limited story material.

RENE RUSSO in Nightcrawler
Russo's work is just as tenacious as Gyllenhaal's, but she actually has a more of an arc to navigate than he does. With nary a frame of scene-stealing or grandeur, she shows us a proud but tragic figure who's had to fight for everything she has, and whose ethics are slowly being infected by Lou Bloom's morally blind ambition.

TILDA SWINTON in Snowpiercer
Swinton has such an eerie ability to so completely vanish within a character that she doesn't really need the aid of makeup to render herself unrecognizable. She splendidly chews the scenery with her prosthetic buck teeth as the Snowpiercer's haughty magistrate. Her “shoe-is-not-a-hat” speech is an unforgettable highlight.

Just missed:
ANNA KENDRICK in Into the Woods
EMMA STONE in Birdman

1 comment:

  1. Performance by an actress in a supporting role
    Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
    Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
    Laura Dern – Wild
    Agata Kulesza – Ida
    Rene Russo – Nightcrawler