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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Supporting Actor & Actress Nominees

by Oliver Lyttelton
February 28, 2013 3:42 PM
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Best Supporting Actress

Strong Contenders

Cameron Diaz The Counselor
Cameron Diaz - "The Counselor"
She deserved one for "Being John Malkovich," but Cameron Diaz has never had an Oscar nomination, partly because her more dramatic fare ("In Her Shoes," "My Sister's Keeper") have tended to perform and be received less well than her comedies. But Diaz has one of the most sought-after roles in recent memory, as the tempestuous and Machiavellian Malinka, the girlfriend of Javier Bardem's Reiner, in Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's brutal crime tale "The Counselor." It's a role that, on the page, is as memorable as Bardem's in "No Country For Old Men," and we have to confess that we were surprised and a bit baffled at Diaz's casting (it would have made much more sense to us if she and Penelope Cruz swapped roles). But if she can pull it off -- and early whispers suggest that she might have -- she'll make people think of her in a whole new light, and get at least a nomination in the process.

Carey Mulligan Inside Llewyn Davis
Carey Mulligan - Inside Llewyn Davis
Unjustly excluded for her excellent performance in "Shame," Carey Mulligan is back in a big way in 2013. And while she might figure in with "The Great Gatsby," our money says that she'll make more of an impact with the Coen Brothers' latest, "Inside Llewyn Davis." The trailer suggests the actress has a particular knack for the duo's dialogue, and shows yet another side to the versatile star. There's some question of whether she could campaign as lead for the part -- she plays the wife of folk singer Justin Timberlake, who has an affair of sorts with the title character, played by Oscar Isaac -- but we think that her chances would be better here in such a tough year for Best Actress.  But again, the question mark is whether CBS Films are able to campaign effectively for the film, having never really competed in the awards season.

Isla Fisher Great Gatsby
Isla Fisher - The Great Gatsby
Mulligan also features in "The Great Gatsby," as Daisy, but let's be honest, the character isn't quite as interesting as Myrtle, the unstable, tragic mistress of Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), Daisy's husband. And as such, we think that Isla Fisher has a strong chance of recognition this time. Fisher has always shone, even when she's had ropey material, but by getting to step away from the comedy work she's best known for, she's more likely to get attention. But the film was always going to be divisive, and it's possible it won't work at all, which would harm her chances, and a summer release would make it doubly tricky to last a long awards season. We'll see how it turns out in May. Another possibility is Australian newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Jordan Baker, but that's a somewhat less substantial role.

August: Osage County
Julia Roberts or Margo Martindale - "August: Osage County"
Again, "August: Osage County" is positively stuffed with potential acting nominees, and as with Best Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress has multiple potentials, including Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin. But we think that the best chance will come from one of two sources: A-lister Julia Roberts or character actress Margo Martindale. The former obviously has the star power, and the more crucial role of Barbara, the controlling oldest daughter of Violet Weston (Meryl Streep). But Martindale (a recent Emmy winner for her amazing turn on "Justified") might have more fun with her part, as Mattie Fae Aiken, Violet's sister. The role won original cast member Rondi Reed a Tony for the part, and we wonder if the Academy might end up following suit. But the risk is that votes could be split between the various roles in the film, unless one clear choice emerges.

Amy Adams Oscars
Amy Adams - "Untitled David O Russell Abscam Project"
Amy Adams has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category more than any of her contemporaries -- her nod for "The Master" marked her fourth -- but somehow, she never won. Could that change with her reunion with David O Russell, with whom she earned her third nod for "The Fighter"? While Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence is also in the cast as Christian Bale's wife, it's a much smaller role than Adams' -- who plays his mistress -- and with less to it. Adams' role is described when she's introduced as "Ann Margaret meets Dorothy Parker," and we suspect that Adams will kill in the part. Will her fifth nomination finally see her rewarded with the statue?

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  • Edmond | August 4, 2013 3:30 AMReply

    Just saw "The Way, Way Back" today, and I was walking out saying Rockwell should earn a supporting nod for this. He reminded me of Renée Zellweger in "Cold Mountain", I remember saying the same thing about her goofy part in that. I also think Liam James deserves a best actor nomination for his work. This was a brilliant film. Love loved!

  • christopher loup | June 28, 2013 6:23 AMReply

    I think that Kristin Scott thomas has strong potential of being a contender in the best supp actress category. She plays a role out of her usual ones and with great success. I really hope she gets a nod.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 11:18 AMReply

    here are my very early predictions


    lindsay burdge A TEACHER
    shailene woodley THE SPECTACULAR NOW
    zoe saldana BLOOD TIES
    Trieste Kelly Dunn LOVES HER GUN
    kate winslet LABOR DAY
    ... rooney mara SIDE EFFECTS
    carey mulligan THE GREAT GATSBY
    noomi rapace DEAD MAN DOWN
    nicole kidman GRACE OF MONACO
    cate blanchett BLUE JASMINE
    carey mulligan INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    jennifer lawrence SERENA
    naomi watts DIANA
    meryl streep AUGUSY OSAGE COUNTY
    michelle monaghan GUS
    michelle pfeiffer MALAVITA
    brie larson SHORT TERM 12
    julianne moore WHAT MAISIE KNEW


    robert deniro MALAVITA
    bruce dern NEBRASKA
    michael fassbender THE COUNSELOR
    casey affkleck AINT THEM BODIES SAINTS
    billy crudup BLOOD TIES
    benedict cumberbatch THE FIFTH ESTATE
    forest whitaker THE BUTLER
    tom hanks CAPTAIN PHILIPS
    leonardo dicaprio WOLF WALL STREET
    joseph gordon levitt DON JON
    robert redford ALL IS LOST
    ashton kutcher JOBS
    leonardo dicaprio THE GREAT GATSBY
    matthew mcconaughey MUD
    ryan gosling ONLY GOD FORGIVES
    paul walker HOURS
    edward james olmos GO FOR SISTERS
    robert redford THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
    josh brolin OLDBOY


    kristin scott thomas ONLY GOD FORGIVES
    sally hawkins BLUE JASMINE
    cameron diaz THE COUNSELOR
    radha mitchell GUS
    julie christie THE COMPAY YOU KEEP
    scarlett johansen DON JON
    hailee steinfeld CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE
    olga kurylenko TO THE WONDER
    julia roberts AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY
    elizabeth olsen OLDBOY


    tom hanks SAVING MR BANKS
    russell crowe RUSH
    james caan BLOOD TIES
    sam rockwell THE WAY WAY BACK
    brad pitt THE COUNSELOR
    will forte NEBRASKA
    tommy lee jones MALAVITA
    shia labeouf THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
    javier bardem TO THE WONDER
    chris cooper AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY
    tobey maguire THE GREAT GATSBY
    matthew mcconaughey DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
    terence howard DEAD MAN DOWN
    bradley cooper THE PLACE BEYON THE PINES
    sharlto copley OLDBOY
    matthew mcconaughey WOLF WALL STREET
    alan rickman THE BUTLER
    javier bardem THE COUNSELOR
    tony danza DON JON

  • Zena | March 4, 2013 6:34 PMReply

    I'm shocked that they're all white. That's so unlike the Academy Awards and Hollywood.

  • Josh | March 2, 2013 8:31 PMReply

    Nicole Kidman in The Railway Man

  • 23553 | March 2, 2013 3:10 PMReply

    I would love to see Will Forte get a nod, I really like him.

  • Josh | March 1, 2013 5:31 PMReply

    Barbara in 'August: Osage County' is definitely a lead role. Some would say it's even bigger than Violet (Streep). Amy Morton was in lead at the Tony Awards and it would be an incredible stretch to say that there are not two co-leads in the piece.

  • Tom | March 1, 2013 8:02 AMReply

    LOL! Cumberbatch is "Little Charles"?! This is gonna be awesome. From a genius dettective, a terrifying villain in Star Trek, Smaug the Dragon and "US enemy 1" in The Fifth Estate to a dumb, unemployed, man-child?! I am so looking forward to this!

  • droopy | February 28, 2013 7:26 PMReply

    im amazed at hoe much faith you guys seem to have in the great gatsby. seeing as luhrman is lady gaga-ing it up big time its obviously gonna be utter shit

  • Duddi | February 28, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    What about Pitt in "The Counselor" ... he's great in supporting roles (12 Monkeys; Burn After Reading,Babel and The Tree of Life come to mind)... and also Paul Giamatti in "Saving Mr. Banks" and maybe any member of "Last Vegas" can have a big time party in that movie (De Niro, Douglas, Freeman and Kline)... also worth mentioning "Mickey Rourke" in Sin City or

  • Ohh | February 28, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    Good god the what Bardem looks like in the counselor? Haha!

  • j bone | February 28, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    ruffalo,rockwell,renner,fassbender and bardem that's my list book it right now

  • IO | February 28, 2013 4:27 PMReply

    I suspect you have underrated Michael Fassbender. First feedback about his performance in "12 years slave" is very impressive.

  • wes | February 28, 2013 4:25 PMReply

    I usually hate when comments say "this post is dumb," "jeez, guys. don't you have anything better to write about?" or some other trollish comment. But these premature predictions are kind of ridiculous. Props if y'all are spot on though. :)

  • Lili | February 28, 2013 4:23 PMReply

    Why is there nobody from the cast of Blood Ties? Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, Marion Cotillard? At least one of them will be worth mentioning.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    i think billy crudup is a fearless actor
    ever since i saw him in ALMOST FAMOUS
    he was the best part of Public Enemies

    i love the french thriller RIVALS (which blood ties is a remake of )

    when you watch the french one
    you will see why they cast James Caan as the father
    he will be 100% perfect for that part

  • oogle monster | February 28, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    What about Cate Blanchett in Monuments Men?

  • paul | June 30, 2013 3:52 PM

    well said!!!

  • Shanon | February 28, 2013 7:49 PM

    Of course she should be considered, alongside Oprah for The Butler (Oprah !), Nicole Kidman for The Railway man (long-suffering wife) and even maybe Reese Witherspoon for The Devil's Knot (long-suffering mother). Oh, and we have learnt that Jackie Weaver is now always one to keep an eye on (she's in Parkland, Stoker and Labor Day).

  • Lou | February 28, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    Keep an eye out for Vithaya Pansringarm in "Only God Forgives."

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    http://www.facebook. dot com/pages/Vithaya-Pansringarm-Best-Supporting-Actor-2014/350810541691865?fref=ts

  • Pluert | February 28, 2013 3:59 PMReply

    No actor/actress is getting a nomination for The Great Gatsby. Let it go, it's not an awards contender other than the technical categories.

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