The Awards Forecast: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

To be a successful supporting actress, one must possess a delicate balance between stealing the show and letting the leads shine. These five women have managed to pull off this feat and deliver solid, emotional performances.

Hawkins holds her own against Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” playing a frazzled sister who houses Blanchett’s character during her breakdown. Hawkins brings a level of intensity to the character which transforms her into a multi-leveled being.

Roberts howls her way through “August: Osage County” as the eldest sister in a family on the brink of falling apart. Never before has she been so fiercely committed and strong as she is here, bouncing off of her ensemble cast so effortlessly and with so much direction.

What makes all of these women so remarkable is their ability to transform their characters into something far beyond a sidekick. Each of them paints a cinematic portrait of a powerful woman facing a devastating obstacle.

Perhaps no one exemplifies this as much as Nyong’o and her brutally emotional performance in “12 Years a Slave.” Nyong’o is powerful yet delicate, relaxed yet crazed. She knows exactly how to command a screen, which is utterly rare as a newcomer to the world of film acting.

Her biggest competition comes from Ms. Lawrence, who once again delivers a knockout performance in “American Hustle.” Her portrayal is sizzling and determined, and she further proves she knows how to command the screen.

If there’s any award that’s hard to predict, it’s this one. Both Nyong’o and Lawrence have won a number of respective awards, but I’m going to bet on the former edging out the later; if only because Lawrence just won last year.

Who WILL Win: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Who SHOULD Win: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

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