Tired of early 2014 Oscar predictions yet? If so, all I can suggest is consider these extended 2014 previews. If not, good, because today we take a look at the Best Supporting Actress field where I have 21 early contenders and I've left a few off for a variety of reasons that will surely be sorted out as the year moves along.
To begin, I haven't included any of the ladies from Lee Daniels' The Butler as I have no idea how big or small their roles may be and I haven't added Jodie Foster to this list or my Best Actress list as I have no idea what kind of role she's playing in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. This is what happens when you put these lists together this early, but, again, all we're looking for here is a baseline starting position and I think with these 21 contenders that's exactly what we have.
So who is on the list? Well, that's run down my starting five...
1.) Amy Adams (Untitled David O. Russell Abscam Project) - When will Amy Adams get her first Oscar? Four nominations so far without a win and this time she plays the mistress/partner of a con artist played by Christian Bale, which is to say she ditched Micky for Dicky... maybe this is the relationship that will get her the hardware.
2.) Cameron Diaz (The Counselor) - Personally I'm not the biggest fan of Cameron Diaz, but word is this just might be the role that shows she has some sort of real talent.
3.) Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips) - I can only assume that while Tom Hanks is out at see battling Somali pirates, Catherine Keener will be playing his wife and serving as the audience's emotional connection to his character. Keener's a terrific actress who's been nominated twice before and looking at the early field I don't think three is out of the question.
4.) Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) - A teaming of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County simply seems like a pair of nominations is in order. Like I said with my first Best Actress predictions, I've never seen the play and have no idea what to expect, so I'll let history be my guide.
5.) Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher) - The fifth spot was a tough one. At one point I had Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale) in at #5. I considered Melissa Leo (Prisoners) and I've heard Lupita Nyong'o is a stand-out in Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, but I'm going with the safe veteran to start. Many believed Redgrave deserved a nomination for Coriolanus a couple years back, perhaps that will help her along this year.
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