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Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

Allison Tanney – I, Tonya

Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Who I’m Cheering For: You know how a part of you always remembers someone from the first time you saw them?  Octavia Spencer will always be ‘Lady in Alley’ from S.W.A.T (the movie) to me.  Silly I know, but it’s an ‘actor paying their dues, moving up the ranks’ thing.  I know this isn’t her year though.

Who Should Win: One of the two ‘difficult mother’ characters; their movies fall apart without them.  I think Allison has more goodwill at this moment.

Who Will Win: Allison Tanney.  Fine by me.

 

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‘Lady Bird’

 

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It’s exciting (and a little sad) to think of how much good territory there still is to cover in genre films, simply by seeing these stories through the eyes of different storytellers (and by extension, different protagonists.)  I personally feel ‘Get Out’/horror was the best example this awards season, but ‘Lady Bird’/coming of age is a fresh take in its own way too.

A California teenager butts heads with their parents (and everyone else).  They take their first real steps into love and sex. We’ve been seeing this genre since…’Rebel Without a Cause’ right?  And yet, off the top of my head…I can’t tell you when was the last time (if ever) I’ve seen it told through the eyes of a teenage girl.

Saoirse Ronan is the real deal if you didn’t know.  She NAILS the accent, she nails all the insecurities of the teenage years, she’s carrying movies and I don’t think she’s 25 yet?  And Laurie Metcalf carries her share of what’s essentially a ‘two-hander’;  probably a little harder on her daughter than necessary, but with good intentions.  The working title of this was evidently ‘Mothers and Daughters’; that may not be as marketable, but it’s definitely a perfect fit.

Recommend.