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Today, Matt Stewart of Simplistic Reviews is here to look at the nominees for Best Supporting Actress.
I always love the Supporting Actor categories.
Sure, the lead performances get all the publicity, but those Supporting Roles get into your head and really stick there.
Most of the time they are lens in which the audience can get a better understanding of the circumstances of the film and the main character(s) motivation, or other times they are just so memorable, with only a few minutes of screen time, where you are completely captivated.
With that being said here our this yearʼs crop of Excellent Supporting Actresses, at least according to Oscar voters.
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Just when you think that Kathy Bates has disappeared into the void of older character actors whoʼve had their time and now itʼs over, we get this ‘jewelʼ of a performance in “Richard Jewell.” Itʼs always interesting to view films now through a pre-Internet and pre-24 hour news cycle. Thereʼs a lot of pain as she defends her son, the titular character in the film, and itʼs just one of those heartbreaking, character actor performances that pops up and makes things interesting in this category.
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” (WINNER)
Letʼs face it; Laura Dern is going to win this year. With limited, but impactful screen time, what she does in “Marriage Story” is pretty damn great. Being ACOD, I remember my dad yelling over dinner about lawyers trying to tear down his case for his custody of my sister and I, and seeing both sides of Dernʼs performance now from an adult makes me remember what lawyers do during divorces. Itʼs pretty heartbreaking. So from a paleontologist to space rebel, Dean is a darling and this is her Oscar to lose in 2020.
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Itʼs normally safe to say that if you take on a role that has to do with war-time or one of the darkest periods in human history, and you give a heartwarming performance, you might be in the mix for some hardware come February. This of course isnʼt selling what Scarlett Johansson did in “Jojo Rabbit” itʼs a fine performance and to see her in the mix for another nomination in a far superior performance in “Marriage Story” shows what she can do when she isnʼt just Marvel-ing around.
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
The results are in, Florence Pugh is the new hotness. She showed her full range in “Midsommer” but now that sheʼs teamed up with Greta Gerwig and the rest of the New Hollywoodʼs Girl Gang, she just might be unstoppable. Her Amy March turn in “Little Women” is fun, sassy, and just overall entertaining. Iʼm pro-Pugh for sure.
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
Well I guess people can take solace in the fact that Margot has more lines in dialogue “Bombshell” than “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” even though she did more with less in the latter. Listen, I love Margot, she takes what sheʼs given and turns it into gold and giving her the responsibly of being “all of the women” abused and demeaned by toxic men is a large undertaking which she does with a flair that only she can.
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