This will certainly be the most difficult of categories to pick an absolute best performance from. I loved all of these performances and I think all of the noms are well deserved. I only wish Shailene Woodley was in there for The Descendants over Janet McTeer, but The Academy never fails to be out of touch with something.
Here are my thoughts on each of the starlets up for this year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
1. Bérénice Bejo– Gorgeous Argentine-French actress Bejo first came across the screen in 2011’s A Knight’s Tale. It wasn’t until last year’s critic-praised black and white film, The Artist that gave her true recognition. As I was watching the film, I immediately fell in love with her character Peppy, an extra turned famous silent film star. I come from a theatre background, so I know its not so simple to pull off a silent role and Bejo just took my breath away.
2. Melissa McCarthy– It would be absolutely amazing for McCarthy to take home this honor, but I think the Academy nominating her is as far as they’re going to go on this one. Bridesmaids was the highest grossing female casted comedy of all-time! I find myself watching the Blu-ray over and over never failing to laugh at McCarthy’s character, Megan. Megan was thrown into the crazy bridal party because she is the groom’s sister and not only is she the most hysterical, she also has the best head on her shoulders out of the entire zany crew. I’m thrilled the Academy recognized this comedy in some shape this year.
3. Jessica Chastain– I love Jessica Chastain. She was one of my breakout stars of 2011 and with films like The Debt, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Help, for which she was nominated, it’s no wonder why this fresh face was recognized. The Help is a story about life in Mississippi in the 1960s and Chastain plays Celia Foote, a woman who’s desperate to fit in with high society, while she finds comfort in her only friend, her maid, Minnie (other nominee Octavia Spencer). It’s her performance in this film and her ability to completely transform into each role that put her on my favorite list of actresses.
4. Janet McTeer– The British actress was nominated once before for her role in Tumbleweeds and her recent performance as Hubert opposite Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs gained her enough buzz for an Oscar nom. But was it enough to beat out the other incredible performances this past year? My guess is no. Although her performance may have been considered award-worthy, the film itself is pretty blasé.
5. Octavia Spencer– Where would Spencer be on Feb. 26th if it weren’t for her good friend Tate Taylor, director of The Help? Probably at home, watching the Oscars on TV, like she was doing last year! It’s amazing what one performance can do for your career. Spencer played the loud-mouthed, opinionated Minnie Jackson in The Help,which recognized her as a successful African American actress. I can’t wait to see what the next step for her is, but for now I hope she’s enjoying this moment.
Academy’s Pick: Octavia Spencer My Pick: Octavia Spencer for her performance in The Help, a star is on the rise!