Wednesday, April 14, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Supporting Actress

I'm having a tough time finding a lot of plum supporting roles for the ladies this year, so here goes nothing:

Amy Adams has charmed her way onto Hollywood's A-list with some delightful performances in the likes of Junebug and Enchanted. The Academy has shown us that they're willing to award her for more dramatic work like Doubt, whether or not they should. That being the case, I'd say that her role as in the Mickey Ward biopic The Fighter could bring her back for a third nomination. But will she face competition from costar Melissa Leo?

Helena Bonham Carter may be rewarded for taking an awards-friendly role in an awards-freindly movie; Queen Elizabeth opposite Colin Firth's King George VI in The King's Speech. By virtue that it's royalty she's playing, that should be enough to automatically put her on the Academy's radar. They may actually be wanting to see her channel a character that's more down to earth than what she normally does.

The Coens' remake of True Grit isn't likely headed for awards glory, but perhaps unknown actress Hailee Steinfeld will grab some attention in the role of Mattie Ross, the spunky young woman who commissions Rooster Cogburn for help. The character felt a bit mishandled in the 1969 original, but hopefully the Coens will give Steinfeld some real meat to chew on. Call it a hunch.

And to be honest, I really don't see any other parts this year that seem to imply Oscarness. For the sake of discussion and completeness, I'll throw out the names Elle Fanning in Somewhere, Kiera Knightley in Never Let Me Go, Saoirse Ronan in The Way Back, Cate Blanchett in Robin Hood, Evan Rachel Wood in The Conspirator, and Diane Wiest in Rabbit Hole (a role that earned awards attention on Broadway), but I honestly don't think any of them stand a better shot than the countless others I haven't listed. It seems more likely that most (or all) of the eventual nominees will be ones we never saw coming.

Predicted 5:
Amy Adams for The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech
Keira Knightley for Never Let Me Go
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit
Diane Wiest for Rabbit Hole

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