91st Oscar Blast: Best Supporting Actress – All Hail King

It’s not hard to figure this one out. Read out predictions on the Best Supporting Actress race below.

Tonight is the 91st Annual Academy Awards! And all day today we’ll be bringing you a rundown of each category as well as reviews of the nominated films. Next up, we’re looking at the Best Supporting Actress category. We’ll explain what the category means and who the frontrunner is as of now.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

This category is mostly self-explanatory, it’s usually awarded to the actress who gives the best performance in a supporting role of a film. The Acting branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chooses who they believe is the best candidate, and the top 5 get nominations. From there, the entire Academy chooses the winner. The Academy also has a habit at times of nominating (and awarding) the lead female role in a male driven film (Amy Adams). This year the nominees are Amy Adams in Vice, Marina de Tavira in Roma, Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk, Emma Stone in The Favourite, and Rachel Weisz in The Favourite.

This year is really rough, and this is a category where every single one of the performances by the women nominated are Oscar worthy. The other award ceremonies haven’t helped exactly for declaring a clear winner. The SAG award was given to Emily Blunt for her role in A Quiet Place, and she isn’t nominated here. The BAFTA was given to Rachel Weisz, but there’s not enough push behind the BAFTA’s to guarantee her spot as a winner in this race. Plus, there’s always a chance that Emma Stone could help cancel her out, as the Academy loves Stone, and so she’s likely going to pull votes from Weisz. Marina de Tavira has a slight chance, but she doesn’t have enough buzz around her right now, and most of the “old white men” crowd in the Academy likely wouldn’t fully appreciate her performance. Amy Adams does an amazing job in Vice, but a lot of what’s great about the performance is more inherent in the role.

That leaves us with Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk, and honestly, I don’t see how she doesn’t get this award. Her performance is a major staple of the film and help bring balance to the film. There’s so many times where she feels like a voice for the audience as we traverse the world of this film. But she also lives firmly in it and delivers some of the best, most gut-wrenching scenes in the film. There are a lot of great performances in Beale Street, but many of them are reserved and weighted in a way to help guide the story and give it a feeling of hope. But King helps in the peaks, the valleys, and the midpoints. She helps guide everything in a way that only a performer of her caliber could.

There’s still a chance that Rachel Weisz could steal this. There’s also a chance that Marina de Tavira could win thanks to a straight ballot for any Roma enthusiasts. But as of now, this Oscar is Regina King’s to lose. And I don’t see that happening.

So as of now here’s the final word:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk.


Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)

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