As you fine ladies and gentlemen must all must know by now (since I’ve pretty much hammered it into your heads), it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions in order to see what folks like myself think will happen this winter, but it’s a whole separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that particular regard, I’m continuing my yearly ritual of running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what or who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might potentially take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket.
Today I’m continuing on with another of the big acting categories and I bet you guessed which one it is. Yes, it’s Best Supporting Actress time.
Here are the ten particular women that I have currently in play for Best Supporting Actress, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Kristen Stewart (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk or Café Society) – With the category wide open, why not put the overdue for a nomination Stewart at the top? I think she’s worthy for Woody Allen’s Café Society, but her better shot is probably in the upcoming Ang Lee war film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. She’s going to get a nod one of these days, so it’s hardly a long shot to consider her this year. If she gets in, there’s definitely a shot she could turn into the frontrunner. Keep a close eye on the precursors, as they might really set her up for success.
2. Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) – A number of my colleagues have Williams high up for Kenneth Lonergan’s well regarded Sundance title Manchester by the Sea. I have her one off from the top spot, which is still pretty good. She’s due for a win one of these days, so it makes a ton of sense to have her waiting in the wings if Stewart falls off in some way. As long as her film doesn’t get ignored, Williams is going to […]