Tag: best supporting actress

2020 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Jojo Rabbit” — Six Nominations

Not apart of the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”) there’s very little chance for “Jojo Rabbit” to win. However, it is a front-runner in the Best Adapted Screenplay category after winning the WGA Award. Scarlett Johansson is still in contention for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role, although she’ll have to upset Laura Dern. The rest of the categories its nominated for seem fairly unlikely.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Bombshell” — Three Nominations

At this point in the season, it would take a lot for anyone to usurp the front-runner Renée Zellweger. If anyone is, it seems more likely that it will be Scarlett Johansson. The experts place Charlize Theron as the next in line, but at that point, it will likely be a toss up anyway.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Little Women” — Six Nominations

Despite the uproar that director Greta Gerwig missed out on her directing nomination, “Little Women” holds very little chance of winning Best Picture. For one thing, it simply has not won anywhere else. On top of that, it’s been missing in places where it was favored to win, like the Writers Guild awards. The sympathy vote for Gerwig seems not existent and without that, it really stands no chance against the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”).

2020 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Richard Jewell” — Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Instead of a performance like Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers” getting the nomination, Kathy Bates ended up here with no chance of winning. Laura Dern has the front-runner status and the experts have Bates ranked last. I really wish JLo was here instead.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Marriage Story” — Six Nominations

In the Best Picture category, there are currently the “big three,” which are the films with the best shot at winning. “Marriage Story” is not one of them. They include “1917,” “Parasite,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” I would even say “The Irishman” falls in somewhere ahead of “Marriage Story” as well.

2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

“VICE”Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick Director: Adam McKayProducers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin J. Messick, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKayWriter: Adam McKayCinematography: Greig FraserEditor: Hank CorwinComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributor: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 25, 2018Budget: $60 millionRun-time: 132 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dick Cheney rises from humble beginnings to the heights of politics, serving in cabinet positions, in the White … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

“THE FAVOURITE”Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos Director: Yorgos LanthimosProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early 1700s, Queen Anne, in poor health and emotionally unstable, allows her most trusted confidante, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

“ROMA”Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón Director: Alfonso CuarónProducers: Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez, and Nicolas CelisWriters: Alfonso CuarónCinematography: Alfonso CuarónEditors: Alfonso Cuarón and Adam GoughComposer: Steven PriceDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City in the early 1970s, Cleo is a maid in the household of a middle-class doctor. She takes on increasing responsibility caring for the family’s … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

“IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK”Regina King, Nicholas Brittel, & Barry Jenkins Director: Barry JenkinsProducers: Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Barry JenkinsWriter: Barry JenkinsBased On: “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James BaldwinCinematography: James LaxtonEditor: Joi McMillon and Nat SandersComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributors: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 14, 2018Run-time: 117 minutes REGINA KING CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Regina King portrays Sharon Rivers, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mudbound” – 4 Nominations

Director: Dee Rees Producers: Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Christopher Lemole, Kim Roth, and Tim Zajaros Writers: Virgil Williams & Dee Rees Cinematography: Rachel Morrison Composer: Tamar-kali Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Two soldiers, one black, one white, return to Mississippi following World War II, to discover that their goals in life and ideas … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mudbound” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

“PHANTOM THREAD” JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Director & Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson Producers: JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Cinematography: Paul Thomas Anderson Editor: Dylan Tichenor Composer: Jonny Greenwood Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 25, 2017 Run-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1950s London, middle-aged couturier Reynolds Woodcock is at the height of his … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

Director: Craig Gillespie Producers: Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Steven Rogers, and Bryan Unkeless Writer: Steven Rogers Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 8, 2017 Run-time: 119 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Despite the abuse she suffers at the hands of her overbearing mother, ice skater Tonya Harding matures into an accomplished athlete, becoming the first American woman to execute a triple … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Lady Bird” – 5 Nominations

“LADY BIRD” Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill Director: Greta Gerwig Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, & Evelyn O’Neill Writer: Greta Gerwig Cinematography: Sam Levy Editor: Nick Houy Distributor: A24 Release Date: November 3, 2017 Run-time: 93 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Strong-willed teenager Christine McPherson, who has dubbed herself Lady Bird, yearns to leave her hometown of Sacramento and attend college on the East Coast. … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Lady Bird” – 5 Nominations

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The Hateful Eight” – Best Supporting Actress

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH “The Hateful Eight” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Daisy Domergue, a female outlaw in the 19th century who has been apprehended by a bounty hunter and is being taken to face justice. Not many women could pull off the acid-tongued outlaw from Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” For that reason alone, Jennifer Jason Leigh deserves this nomination. In a film … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The Hateful Eight” – Best Supporting Actress

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Steve Jobs” – Best Supporting Actress

KATE WINSLET “Steve Jobs” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Kate Winslet portrays Joanna Hoffman, the marketing executive who helps to steer Steve Jobs’s computer companies to success. Too often does Kate Winslet play the sex object or love interest in a film. Looking over her past Oscar nominations, this is even clearer. But in “Steve Jobs,” she finally plays the neutral sidekick. There is dialogue line from … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Steve Jobs” – Best Supporting Actress

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spotlight” – 6 nominations

“SPOTLIGHT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar // Directed by Tom McCarthy // // Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  5 films – 5 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The Hateful Eight” – 3 nominations

“THE HATEFUL EIGHT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Shannon McIntosh, and Stacey Sher // Directed by Quentin Tarantino // // Dated Viewed: Monday, February 22nd, 2016 // STREAM //  7 films – 7 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Steve Jobs” – 2 nominations

“STEVE JOBS” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Danny Boyle, Guymon Casady, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon, and Scott Rudin // Directed by Danny Boyle // // Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  9 films – 13 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Supporting Actress

ROONEY MARA “Carol” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Rooney Mara plays Therese Belivet, a department store clerk in the 1950s who longs for a more fulfilling life and falls in love with a refined older woman. Rooney Mara plays Therese in “Carol” with a quiet reserved nature. She a thoughtful person does not express much, yet you know where her gaze lies and that usually where her … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – Best Supporting Actress

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [11] “The Danish Girl” – Best Supporting Actress

ALICIA VIKANDER “The Danish Girl” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Alicia Vikander plays Gerda, a painter in the 1920s who wrestles with her course of action when her husband reveals his desire to live as a woman. A brilliant young actress, Alicia Vikander first caught my eye in the Academy Award nominated “Anna Karenina” in 2012. Despite playing the very supporting role of Kitty, alongside Domhnall Gleeson, … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [11] “The Danish Girl” – Best Supporting Actress

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – 6 nominations

“CAROL” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, and Christine Vachon //Directed by Todd Haynes // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO //  29 films – 37 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [11] “The Danish Girl” – 4 nominations

“THE DANISH GIRL” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Tom Hooper, and Gail Mutrux //Directed by Tom Hooper // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO //  31 films – 37 days //

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [39] Nebraska – Six Nominations

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa “Nebraska”, a black-and-white jaunt into the lives of a family residing in Montana, the entire film follows lead Bruce Dern playing an aging man named Woody Grant that believes he’s won $1,000,000 from a sweepstakes, all he has to do is make it to Lincoln, Nebraska to accept the money. Heartwarming and laced with a dark comedic element that … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [39] Nebraska – Six Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas “12 Years A Slave” is the film that will be remembered from 2013. It does matter if this wins or “Gravity” wins or even “American Hustle”. What matters is that this film explored the nature of history and of slavery unlike any film before its time, from a black director who makes an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [25] Blue Jasmine – Three Nominations

Cate Blanchett Nominated Role: As Jasmine, Cate Blanchett portrays a formerly wealthy woman who moves in with her sister after the break-up of her marriage. The odds-on favorite to win, Cate Blanchett has won absolutely every award in her path to get here. Woody Allen obviously provides a fantastic screenplay but with Blanchett and her ability to bring Jasmine to life, this film would … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [25] Blue Jasmine – Three Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon There are three big contenders in the Best Picture category this year: “Gravity”, “12 Years A Slave”, and “American Hustle”. Now, “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” are the odds-on favorites to win, both vying for the Best Directing category and leaving David O. Russell out of the mix, but the steam that is building … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [9] August: Osage County – Two Nominations

Meryl Streep Nominated Role: Meryl Streep portrays Violet Weston, an Oklahoma matriarch whose three grown daughters return home for their father’s funeral. Believe it or not, but this is Meryl Streep’s eighteenth Academy Award nomination, holding the record for most nominations in the history of the Oscars, starting with “The Deer Hunter” (1979) all the way to “The Iron Lady” (2011) to which she … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [9] August: Osage County – Two Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [27] The Sessions – One Nomination

THE SESSIONS Nominated Role: Helen Hunt plays Cheryl, a sex surrogate who is hired by a polio survivor to help him lose his virginity. Oddly enough, Helen Hunt received the only nomination from the film “The Sessions” despite John Hawkes, the real star of the film, missing out on his nomination. Granted the competition was tough this year in the Best Actor category, and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [27] The Sessions – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [24] The Master – Three Nominations

THE MASTER BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Nominated Role: Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, an alcoholic World War II veteran who turns for help to the founder of a controversial group known as The Cause. As much as Joaquin Phoenix has fallen off the deep end as of late, with the whole mock-umentary debacle that hovered over our lives for almost a year, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [24] The Master – Three Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BEST PICTURE The Oscars are never easy to predict. Sure, some categories are easier than others. There are locks, safe bets, and poor choices in all categories, but it always come down to a hand full of nominees that makes predicting hard. Following the Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award win for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Roger Ebert predicted … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

LES MISÉRABLES BEST PICTURE Sadly, despite early buzzing, “Les Misérables” lost its chance of winning Best Picture when it failed to garner both a directing nomination for Tom Hooper and an Adapted Screenplay nomination, both of which are almost a prerequisite for winning the ultimate prize for Best Picture. Since “Les Misérables” failed to reel those nominations in, it will have to settle for … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Help & 4 Nominations

[6 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[4 DAYS TO OSCARS] One of the weaker films in the Best Picture category, this film will probably gain most of the acting awards with one fell-swoop. Even at the Golden Globes, winner Meryl Streep said that Viola Davis deserved the award more. Much better than Streep’s performance, Davis should be able to capture this award. Though I would … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Help & 4 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [27] Albert Nobbs & 3 Nominations

[19 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[15 DAYS TO OSCARS] “Albert Nobbs” brings in three admirable nominations in Actress, Supporting Actress, and Makeup, all of which are high caliber. Glenn Close earns the nominations from a part she helped create, playing a woman dressed as a man in the 19th century, trying to earn enough money start her own business. Glenn Close delivers a performance … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [27] Albert Nobbs & 3 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [25] Bridesmaids & 2 nominations

[21 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[18 DAYS TO OSCARS] One of the shockers of the Oscar nominations, “Bridesmaids” is normally not the type of film that gets recognized by the Academy. The main reason it surprised me is that it’s a comedy, which are rarely recognized by this awards ceremony, let alone given one of the highly acclaimed nomination spots. However, up against the … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [25] Bridesmaids & 2 nominations

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2011 Oscars Challenge: The King’s Speech

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The King’s Speech” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: True Grit

2011 Oscar Challenge: “True Grit” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Fighter

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Fighter” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Animal Kingdom

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Animal Kingdom” (2010)
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2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

PRECIOUS Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Best Achievement in Editing Precious, as it appears, is worth its weight in gold, at least Oscar gold. Word of mouth made this … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Nine

NINE Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Costume Design Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Absolutely loved this film. Characterization is my favorite part of stories, especially those of superhero stories and the like. Nine was completely filled with characters. The nominations for Nine were deserved but … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Nine

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Crazy Heart

CRAZY HEART Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Where in God’s name is the Best Picture nomination? Crazy Heart was absolutely amazing. By far the best film viewed throughout this journey (Sorry Up In The Air, Thank you Marcus Theaters … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Crazy Heart

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Up In The Air

UP IN THE AIR Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Two Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Made my first set-back in the Oscar challenge… I enjoyed Up In The Air so much, I went to … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Up In The Air