Oscar Circuit: The Return of the Suffering Wife â€“ Supporting Actress Predictions
By Clayton Davis
March 3, 2011
It begins. 2011 film year is behind us and we saw Octavia Spencer crowned Best Supporting Actress for her work in â€œThe Help.â€ As we embark on the 2012 film year together, I will be breaking down each category individually throughout the month of March. I will also unveil the Awards Circuit Staff Predictions one at a time for all of you to enjoy. Trust me, we all have different takes on what the 2012 season will bring.
We break down the Supporting Actress category first. Any supporting category is difficult to analyze because you never know who will hit it out of the park with a mere eight minute screen time or what borderline Lead performance will be pushed in another category. The rankings of the Supporting Actress are ordered #1 through #25 as you see them on the predictions page but there are outside contenders that could just as easily make the lineup given a strong showing with critics and audiences.
Looking into a crystal ball, Amy Adams will be starring in Paul Thomas Andersonâ€™s â€œThe Masterâ€ and with three prior nominations (â€œJunebug,â€ â€œDoubt,â€ and â€œThe Fighterâ€), Adams could finally score an Oscar. She also has a role in the long-awaited â€œOn the Roadâ€ directed by Walter Salles which could catch on. Co-star Kristen Stewart can return to what we loved about her in â€œInto the Wild.â€ The question seems to be, is Oscar aching to reward Adams or does she need to be accepted as a leading lady? Have the â€œTwilightâ€ franchise ruined Stewart forever? Perhaps.
â€œIt-girlâ€ from 2011 Jessica Chastain is back and with a vengeance in Terrence Malickâ€™s currently untitled film, formerly called â€œThe Burial,â€ but word has it, sheâ€™s only in one scene. But what would Jessica Chastain be without appearing in a few other films in the same year. Chastain also has a buzzed about performance in â€œWettest Countyâ€ starring Tom Hardy and directed by John Hillcoat (â€œThe Roadâ€). She will also appear in â€œTar,â€ the story of author C.K.
Williams starring James Franco and Mila Kunis. She will also star in the horror film, â€œMamaâ€ and was tapped for voice work in the animated â€œMadagascar 3: Europeâ€™s Most Wanted.â€ She also has a role in the anticipated â€œZero-Thirtyâ€ directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow about the Navy-seal team that killed Osama Bin Laden. What a year ahead.
Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field returns to awards attention in Steven Spielbergâ€™s epic â€œLincolnâ€ starring Daniel Day-Lewis. As the wife of the sixteenth President of the United States, Field should have no trouble garnering votes based on the nature of the role alone. The last time Field was in serious contention for Oscar was for 1994â€²s â€œForrest Gumpâ€ which failed to grant her recognition. Can return to the Kodak? Oh, wait, not the Kodak. Whatever. Itâ€™s still the Kodak to me.
Anne Hathaway managed to almost take the Oscar for Jonathan Demmeâ€™s â€œRachel Getting Marriedâ€ and has shown herself to be a force to reckoned with some of her roles since then. She elevated the poor directions of â€œLove and Other Drugsâ€ and â€œAlice in Wonderland.â€ She also received decent reviews last year for Lone Scherfigâ€™s â€œOne Dayâ€ which never came to fruition. This year, Hathaway will play Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman in Christopher Nolanâ€™s â€œThe Dark Knight Risesâ€ and her big chances seem to lie as the beautiful Fantine in Tom Hooperâ€™s â€œLes Miserablesâ€ with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. Hathaway can sing and will deliver one of the musicalâ€™s most emotionally charged scenes.
As â€˜Broomhilda,â€™ Kerry Washington may be able to garner some attention in Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s â€œDjango Unchained.â€ Tarantino is always a great on focusing and centering his actors. Think Uma Thurman. The word is out yet on Carey Mulligan as the beautiful â€˜Daisyâ€™ in Baz Luhrmannâ€™s remake of â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€ starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Co-star Isla Fisher also could be noticed as the doomed â€˜Myrtle.â€™ Mulligan also has a role in Joel & Ethan Coenâ€™s â€œInside Llewlyn Davisâ€ which could be pushed back to 2013. Mulligan isnâ€™t the only starring the great adaptations and remakes. Helena Bonham Carter will appear in â€œGreat Expectationsâ€ directed by Mike Newell.
Olivia Williams will be playing Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President FDR in Roger Michellâ€™s â€œHyde Park on Hudsonâ€ starring Bill Murray. Co-star Laura Linney could also be pushed in Supporting if her role isnâ€™t large enough. Emma Stone will have the sure-to-be blockbuster role as Gwen Stacy in â€œThe Amazing Spider-Manâ€ and a brief role in â€œMovie 43,â€ a feature film with short comedic segments. Her greatest chances seem to be as Grace Faraday in Ruben Fleischerâ€™s â€œThe Gangster Squadâ€ with Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling.
Expect a campaign to start for the late Whitney Houston in the summer film, â€œSparkleâ€ with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Houston wonâ€™t be the only Grammy award winning singer trying to make a play. Mary J. Blige has a large enough role in â€œRock of Agesâ€ that could land her in contention for Oscar alongside co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Elizabeth Olsen may be able to capitalize on what didnâ€™t happen for in â€œMartha Marcy May Marleneâ€ in her new film â€œLiberal Artsâ€ with Zac Efron. â€Cloud Atlasâ€ starring Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Sturgess could do some good things for its ladies. Halle Berry has been trying to catch back on since her Oscar win for â€œMonsterâ€™s Ball.â€ Susan Sarandon has been on the cusp since â€œDead Man Walkingâ€ of making a short list. Remember â€œIgby Goes Down?â€ Maybe sheâ€™ll make a comeback along with Sally Field from â€œLincoln.â€ There is also veteran actress and singer Bette Midler that will star along with Billy Crystal in â€œParental Guidanceâ€ and Gena Rowlands making a play in Nick Cassavetesâ€™ â€œYellow.â€
Wes Anderson is back with his long-awaited â€œMoonrise Kingdomâ€ and with Oscar favorite Frances McDormand starring, she could come back on Oscarâ€™s radar. Tilda Swinton also c0-stars and after her snub this year for â€œWe Need to Talk About Kevin,â€ she could get a maekup nomination. After Jacki Weaver knocked it out of the park for her nominated turn in â€œAnimal Kingdom,â€ weâ€™ve been waiting to see if she can do it again. In David O. Russellâ€™s â€œThe Silver Linings Playbook,â€ Weaver seems to have landed another â€œmotherlyâ€ role of a mentally ill ex-teacher that could cause some sparks. Same goes for c0-stars Jennifer Lawrence, whoâ€™s role in â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ could help, and Julia Stiles, who never manages to get any traction.
Vanessa Redgrave never had a chance after the dismal reviews poured in for Ralph Fiennesâ€™ â€œCoriolanus.â€ Perhaps a role in Paul Andrew Williamsâ€™ â€œSong for Marionâ€ can get her a seventh nomination. Kelly MacDonald, who was criminally ignored for her portrayal in The Coen Brothersâ€™ â€œNo Country for Old Menâ€ will have another crack at attention in Joe Wrightâ€™s â€œAnna Kareninaâ€ starring Keira Knightley. Kristin Scott Thomas will be attempting a villainous role in Nicolas Winding Refnâ€™s next feature, â€œOnly God Forgivesâ€ which The Weinstein Company just purchased. Expect a full-on campaign or Thomas this year.
A few more ladies worth mentioning would be: Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Kirsten Dunst (Red Light Winter), Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy), Penelope Cruz and Ellen Page (Nero Fiddled), Charlotte Rampling (The Eye of the Storm), and Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows).
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