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OW Oscarama — A little gold microwave: Best Supporting Actor and Actress

March 1, 2014

We’re getting down to the wire, so we’re gonna bust through Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in one post. Be warned, it’s two pages, so if you wanna know our predictions for both, you’d best click through to the second page!

Best Supporting Actress, let’s do this!

Sally Hawkins has had my heart since her starring role in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. She holds it there with her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, as the working-class woman who takes in her former socialite sister, played by Cate Blanchett. Hawkins moves fluidly between comedy and drama and lends such a strength of character to Ginger, that you almost can’t believe she’s not someone that you’ve met in real life. Don’t tell anyone, but I personally think she did a better job than Cate Blanchett. However, this is a strong-ass category this year, so I think Hawkins should probably just sit back, relax and enjoy the party. And, you guys, she’s British. There’s no trace of an accent there!

Jennifer Lawrence is like the American actress of the 21st century, right? She’s pretty much won the hearts of America, can fall down at the Oscars and everyone thinks it’s adorable and, most importantly, the girl can act. Her turn as an unhappy housewife in American Hustle just drove that point home further. She turns on a dime from flirty to rage-y without so much of a blink. The scene with the “space oven” has got to the one that won her the nomination. The audience kinda felt her pain, and her rage, but also couldn’t help but giggle, just a little bit. If she wins this year, Lawrence would be the third woman to win back-to-back Oscars.

A year ago, you could have asked someone who Lupita Nyong’o was and they’d probably return your question with a blank stare. Today, she is more widely known, both for her Oscar nomination and her keen fashion sense on the red carpet during awards season. Both of these are very well deserved. In 12 Years a SlaveNyong’o almost literally breaks hearts as an illiterate slave living on a Southern plantation. When I watch a movie, I always look for that one scene that I am unable to shake. As Patsey, Nyong’o gives me two. Her brutal, hard-to-watch whipping scene and her collapse (spoiler alert!) when Solomon leaves a free man. Her performance made me feel, long after I was done watching the movie.

I’ll fully admit that I didn’t see Julia Roberts’ performance in August: Osage County, so I can’t fully judge her as a nominee in this category. Her buzz for a win is pretty low and, like Sally Hawkins, she should just have some drinks and watch the winners stumble over their speeches.

There is always one movie I fall a little bit in love with every year. Nebraska was that movie for me this year. A long time Alexander Payne cheerleader, I was kind of expecting this to happen, but what I didn’t expect to happen was falling a little bit in love with June Squibb. I think, more than anyone else in this category, she inhabited her character wholly. There was nothing about her, from her movements to her speech that gave any doubt to the conviction with which she played long-suffering, foul-mouthed, Kate Grant. At 84 years old, she’s the oldest nominee in the category and if she wins, she’ll be the oldest acting winner ever.

The Nominees:

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts , August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

The Winner:

This one is a tough one. It’s really down to Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle or Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave. Because Lawrence won last year and Nyong’o’s a newcomer, I’m gonna say Nyong’o’s our winner. However, I always fill out my own personal Oscar ballot with my heart, so it’ll say June Squibb.

Click here to read our predictions for Best Supporting Actor!

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