Oscars Week: Best Supporting Actress


The Supporting Actress race often seems heated, primarily because many films feature mostly male casts. The Hateful Eight and Spotlight are such examples—Jennifer Jason Leigh, who is on the cusp of a career renaissance with her role as Daisy, and Rachel McAdams, the sole woman on her team, are the only females in otherwise all-male casts.

And the nominees for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role are:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

I haven’t seen Jobs or The Danish Girl, and I imagine both Kate Winslet provide standout performances in their roles. I find it confounding that Rachel McAdams, who was adequate in Spotlight but otherwise uninspiring, was nominated at all. As for Jennifer Jason Lee, I can’t complain. She was excellent. However, I desperately want Rooney Mara to win.

Mara’s Therese is a woman of few words, but he desires, her thoughts and feelings, are apparent in her actions and expressions, even if they are all conveyed in a subtle way. It takes true talent to provide such a minimalist performance, and the whole point of Therese is that she is bored, disaffected, and uncertain—except for her love for Carol. I’m not expecting Mara to win, but she should.

Make sure to check out all of our Oscars Week picks!

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