Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – the Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Who Should Win: Hm. Meryl is the definition of ‘legacy nominations’, I felt like Laura Dern’s character was more important to the story than the actual performance. I’d argue Arquette’s was really a lead performance, so that leaves two. I’d barely put Keira over Emma because of what each character meant to the story that was being told.
Who I’m Cheering For: As I noted in my reviews, both Keira and Emma showed things in their performances that were new (and good). I’d be happy for either of them, but…
Who Will Win: Has Patricia Arquette lost any award yet? I don’t think so…
Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall – the Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Who Should Win: It would be really hard to go wrong with any choice this year, but really Simmons stands above the rest.
Who I’m Cheering For: The first ballot Character Actor Hall of Famer of course! Go J.K.!
Who Will Win: The worthy ‘congrats on a great That Guy career’ star of the moment, J.K. Simmons.