Oscar Predictions

2014 Oscar Predictions Update: Best Supporting Actress Field Continues to Grow

A stacked field adds more as Oprah and Meryl lead the pack

2014 Oscar Predictions for Best Supporting Actress
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Just like the Best Actress race, the Best Supporting Actress race already has what I consider to be two almost surefire nominees. And just like the Best Actress race one has been seen and the other has only been talked about as Oprah Winfrey already has her supporters for her performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler while Meryl Streep's Oscar chances are typically looked at as a given any time she's in a film. Considering this time we're talking about an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play August: Osage County you better believe the buzz will be there.

Of course, that could all change in a flash. Below these two is a long list of names (28 more by my count) vying for a spot in that top five.

Currently my top three is rounded out by Lupita Nyong'o in Steven McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Carey Mulligan in Inside Llewyn Davis and a second Osage County member, Margo Martindale.

The latter two I don't have as much confidence in, but after seeing Mulligan in Davis I think she has a legitimate shot at a nomination. It's a performance we haven't come to expect from her and an integral part of the film. As for Martindale, can one film support two nominations with the field that follows? I'm not too sure, but I'm going with it for now.

Beyond the top five I've moved a lot of pieces around the board as well as added four new contenders in Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color), Emily Watson (The Book Thief) and both Amy Adams and Rooney Mara for Her. I also remembered I need to add Rooney Mara to my Best Actress field for her role in Side Effects. No, I don't particularly believe she has a chance in that category, but she shouldn't be forgotten.

All things said, here again is my current Best Actress top five. My full list of contenders is up to 30 in this category and you can browse the full field and their rankings right here.

  1. Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler)
  2. Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  3. Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
  4. Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  5. Margo Martindale (August: Osage County)
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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jack/ Jack Tyler

    1. Oprah
    2. Meryl Streep
    3. Margo Martindale
    4. Sally Hawkins
    5. Alfre Woodard- 12 Years a Slave

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I'm glad to see someone sporting a Martindale prediction. While Roberts and Streep's roles are usually lead and center, it is Martindale's role that adds some spice to the mix. I'd love to see Mulligan get a nom (her and L. law. Those are my crushes), but I don't see it happening. As for 12 Years a Alave, I just don't see it getting much besides Fassbender. Here are my predictions:

    Cameron Diaz-The Counselor (People say the role is juicy, and Diaz could sneak in)

    Jennifer Lawrence-American Hustle (I just have a feeling on this film)

    Margo Martindale-August: Osage County (see above)

    Meryl Streep-August: Osage County (duh)

    Oprah Winfrey-Lee Daniels' The Butler (I actually just got back from this film and while I wasn't as in love with her as other people seem to be, she definitely impressed me enough to believe she can get the nom)

    • andre arias

      couldn't agree more

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Robyo/ Lola Pants

    Why drop Cammy Diaz for Lupita ??
    I don't get why anyone is predicting Lupita. Someone said who went to a screening that yes, let's just say she plays a 'victim' but it's an underwritten role like Kerry Washington in Django. I don't see Carey Mulligan getting in either but I know you loved the movie.
    I do want to see Margo and Meryl nominated together. Oprah shouldn't even be in this convo IMO hopefully she loses her buzz by December. Octavia Spencer is also a strong threat.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Robyo/ Lola Pants

      also Paramount pushing June Squibb and Naomie Harris being pushed by Weinstein are strong threats.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    1. Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
    2. Oprah Winfrey - The Butler
    3. Cameron Diaz - The Counselor
    4. Carey Mulligan - Inside Llewyn Davis
    5. Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

      Sorry, meant to put "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Don't want to make that mistake twice.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/utahprime/ Mark Depew

    I can't wait to see what Streep brings to Violet Weston. Expect an impeccable
    performance worthy of gold...

    • http://lifein70mm.wordpress.com ViralVora

      your comment made my day! I am glad there are people who share the excitement of seeing Streep in a role she can sink her teeth into and not give into the cynicism of how it is a given that she will be nominated!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    This is a tough category to get into, i think Streep and Winfrey are locked in but i'd personally like to see Diaz and Mulligan get a nom too.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Movie Fan

    Meryl Streep: August Osage County
    Oprah Winfrey: The Butler
    Jennifer Garner: Dallas Buyers Club
    Cameron Diaz: The Counselor
    Carey Mulligan: Inside Llewyn Davis

    Alt. Jennifer Lawrence: American Hustler

  • jessied44

    Melissa Leo or Viola Davis for Prisoners but I'm betting on Leo

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    As I said in my comment on Best Actress, unless her role is noticeably small I wouldn't be surprised if voters put Streep in lead; even if they don't I can't see her winning again so soon. This one is going to Oprah. I'm completely indifferent on her and haven't seen the movie yet, but you'd have to be blind to not consider her the heavy favorite.

  • david leary

    You should add kaitlyn devers "short term 12"