Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Amy Adams in ‘Doubt’
Penelope Cruz in ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’
Viola Davis in ‘Doubt’
Taraji P. Henson in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’
Marisa Tomei in ‘The Wrestler’
What may happen: The people who love ‘Doubt’ may split the vote between Viola Davis and Amy Adams, opening the door for one of the other three ladies. It’s also possible (but less likely) that voters may want a ‘sister’ to win and split votes between Taraji and Viola. Either way, it doesn’t look good for Viola Davis (who did a hell of a job in a few scenes, worth checking out).
Who will probably win: Hmmmmmm. This is usually the ‘unpredictable’ category. I could see a case for Penelope or Taraji, but it would be ‘Oscar-style’ to give Marisa Tomei a second Oscar (to prove the first one wasn’t an ‘accident’ – classic urban legend, look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about).
Who I’ll be cheering for: Taraji. ‘Benjamin Button’ wasn’t my favorite movie this year, but not because I didn’t enjoy Taraji’s performance. The sister can act man, and she added a lot to what was probably written as a one-note character. And you know she’d give a hell of a speech if given the chance.