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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the
87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

Patricia Arquette has basically won every award out there for her work in "Boyhood," and she’s the film’s only certain win on Oscar night (though Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing are certainly still on on the table). Emma Stone is likely her closest competition, but that just isn’t happening.

Our prediction below. Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Laura Dern, "Wild"
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Will Win: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Could Win: Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Should Win: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Shoulda Been Here: Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer"

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Comments

juanyusta@jesuitinasdonostia.net

Naomi Watts should have been here.

Nathan

From my very biased opinion, I think Meryl Streep should be the winner

Isabella

"Emma Stone, but not really?" Are you out of your right mind? Did you WATCH Birdman? Obviously not. Emma’s performance was beyond incredible. My god, I’m absolutely blown away by the fact you actually put "but not really." Buy yourself a ticket, sit down and watch one of the best goddamn performances you’ll ever see in your life. And maybe you’ll learn a little lesson about critics with smug opinions.

Jessica

Emma Stone was fantastic, she really came a long way. Meryl was incredible, as always. My vote is on Emma this yr, with a 2nd for meryl

Philip

Are you kidding? Meryl Streep gave another tour de force performance. She should absolutely win.

JON LOVIC

With all the respect she deserves I think we had enough of Meryl Streep as Oscar contender. Agree with Juan..

juan

I just hope Meryl gets out this year, that way, Jessica and Russo will get the recognition they deserve. P:S: I love Meryl, but that role is not Oscar worthy.

Jordyn Amoy

WHY is Meryl the fourth choice ?!? Her performance was RIDICOUSLY amazing remarkable and inspiring to all aspiring singers/actresses. We all want to BE Meryl right now…like I can’t even imagine what would happn if she didn’t win.

the viewing public

Patricia Arquette cannot act her way out a wet paper bag. Chastain isn’t much better.

judith

I hope so!

judith

I hope so!

Michael

The BAFTAs won’t tell us anything about the Oscars this year mostly because the nominations are terrible. And we all know the BAFTAs dislike Meryl, but the Oscars adore her. Hope she makes the cut!

jayandrade

My final predictions:
– Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" (probably for the win)
– Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game" (i think is the best performance of her career)
– Emma Stone, "Birdman" (the academy waited a good performance for the last two years to nominated her… and I think she is incredible in birdman)
– Meryl Streep, "Into The Woods" (If the Academy nominated Meryl for ‘Julia & Julie’ and ‘August’, the she is going to be nominated this year)
– Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year" (she won’t be nominated for this movie only, but for her incredible year in ‘Eleanor Rigsby’ and ‘Interstellar’)

PS: If Laura Dern make the cut in the end, my risky beat is Meryl is out. Or could be a big snubb for Emma or Jessica

Jon Lovic

Has anyone seen Elizabeth Moss in "Lighten Up Philip"? PERFORMANCE OF The YEAR!!! Such a shame she is not considered.. Think she deserves an Oscar!

CKL

Dark Horse: Agata Kulesza for her performance in "Ida"

DJ

Meryl Streep for ITW – no better supporting performance
this year. Runners up – Kulesza, Swinton, Coon, and Russo and the hell with the other nominees who are riding the coattails of "Critics’ Darlings" movies.

agnieszka

where is Agata Kulesza for "Ida"?

Luis

1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
3. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
4. Emma Stone – Birdman
5. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
6. Laura Dern – Wild
7. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
8. Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer
9. Naomi Watts – St. Vincent
10. Carrie Coon – Gone Girl

Bob

Agata Kulesza for Ida should get a mention. She won the LA Critics Award and has been nominated by a number of critics/film organisations.

Robert

Meryl Streep for win this year, she is amazing into the woods.

JD

Swinton is not a strong competitor. And just because Watts managed to pull off an extreme upset at the SAGs, she doesn’t become an Oscar candidate.

Edwina

Can someone please tell me why Meryl Streep is considered #2 on your list for best supporting actress? Into The Woods is not getting the best reviews. And honestly, does she have to be nominated every year? I’d rather see Tilda Swinton in her place. The nominees for best supporting actors for 2015 should be Arquette, Stone, Knightley, Chastain and Swinton in that order.

The_Grave

actress*

The_Grave

Ugh. At thsk point I’m convinced that Meryl Streep can just sleep through an entire film and still wind up with a nomination. Ok guys, we get it, Meryl Streep is a great acress, possibly one of the best of all time, but you don’t have to nominate her for every freaking she’s in, especially when there are far more deserving contenders.

Duke

Kristen Stewart has the most delusional fans in the world. She was snubbed by the SAG’s, the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards, and all the critics awards except for some dinky women’s group that no one has ever heard of. Even though she’s not in the top 10 of anyone’s Oscar nomination list, they still insist that she’s going to be nominated. I don’t know how they function in real life. Miss One Trick Pony isn’t winning anything. She made sure of that when she got caught with a married director and turned herself into a Hollywood cliche. No matter how desperate she is for validation, she’s not going to get it. Good reviews are the most she can hope for, since her box office is still in the red.

jimpa

what about eddie redmayne and felicity jones in …everything. Outstanding performance, use of understated energy and presence. Ms Jones added her un derstated presence to nearly every scene. Engaging understated chemistry between her and Redmayne keeps our interest and attention focused on their relationship. Love and marriage is a sacrificial choice. Truly Great film.

Victor Hugo

I think that Kristen could be the surprise of the Golden Globe and Oscar’s nominations. The WFCC one was the perfect example of this. Let’s just wait!

Ewa

I feel torn. On one hand, I keep my fingers crossed for Agata Kulesza – she was amazing in Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida. On the other hand, I feel unconditional love for Tilda Swinton.

simon

What about Agata Kulesza for ‘Ida’?

Al Parra

@BOHDAN [In response to your Dec. 2nd comment] Oh, of course. I haven’t seen the performance, but in 1977 for the movies of 1976, Beatrice Straight won an Oscar in the Supporting Actress category for having only 5-6 minutes of screen time in "Network". In addition, Anne Hathaway won for "Les Miserables" for playing Fantine in 2013 (same role Thurman played in the non-musical version btw) & she, too, was about 15 minutes on screen. It’s very possible. I hope the category shakes up a bit!

Bohdan

Don’t know if Uma Thurman’s short presence in Nymphomaniac qualifies for this category – but that was the most unforgettable performance I’ve seen the whole year! She made a great film even greater in those 15 minutes on screen

j2020

I’m really hope that Patricia Arquette could win this. With Felicity Jones out of this race (I thought that she will be a Jennifer Connelly/Rachel Weisz and winning supporting being lead), Arquette posibilities are stronger. Her major threat, Harvey campaigning for Keira. Emma Stone must be there, but in New York, doing Cabaret. I mean, Laura Dern and Jessica Chastain are everywhere this days, so Emma could be snubbed.

XGG

@XGG Just to be clear I’ve meant Birdman

xgg

Patricia Arquette is the only thing that’a good in Boyhood. But Emma Stone is also great in Birdman. Actullly I would be very happy if this film would recive all the oscars.

CALUM

Of the 3 actress who play the character Murphy Cooper in Interstellar, for me the one who steals the show is the youngest, McKenzie Foy

JD

Jessica Chastain has a chance of getting nominated for Most Violent Year, but it’s more of an outside chance. She has a better chance of getting nominated for Interstellar.

Stanislav

Emma Watson should be nominated for Noah, she is literally milestone of the film, allthow supporting.

MT

I don’t think Chastain has a chance wih Interstellar not only because her role was short but also Hathaway was fantastic and she deserves a lot more, Chastain is going to be nominated with A Most Violent Year. Also Streep is a LEAD but maybe Blunt or Kendrick get a nomination, in Chicago all the girls were nominated… But for me Arquette should win. BTW, Stewart?? What a joke!

MT

Josh: Because Rosamund Pike is definitly a LEAD actress and if she don’t get a nomination it would be a tragedy…

bob hawk

Oh, forgot to mention Marisa Tomei in LOVE IS STRANGE. This category is very strong this year, with many worthy candidates.

bob hawk

Meryl Streep is lead actress in INTO THE WOODS. Blunt and Kendrick are supporting. If any actress in INHERENT VICE is going to be nominated it’s going to be Katherine Waterston. Jessica Lange is terrific in THE GAMBLER, as is Kristen Stewart in STILL ALICE.

YEAH

This competition is between Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Emma Stone (Birdman), Jessica Chastain (A most Violent Year), Patricia Arquette (BoyHood), and Emma Watson (Noah).

alex

just saw birdman emma is just incredible she is getting a nomintion and i wouldnt be surprised if she wins

Lucy

Definitely Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game. She was terrific. Also, Patricia Arquette is a lock, Emma Stone and Laura Dern.

S

Kstew is an awful actress. Saw a clip of her movie. It was same Perfomance she always delivers in a wooden fashion.

jason

Sienna Miller has no chance in hell. The script really just gives her nothing but one note to play over and over and over

S

You forgot Mackenzie Foy. She matched the performance levels for her fellow academy award winning cast.

Josh

How did you miss Rosamund Pike?!?!?!?!?

Chris

I have nothing against Patricia Arquette but i really hope she doesn’t win. My vote is for Jessica Chastein, Keira Knightley and Emma Stone.

JD

All the buzz around Jessica Chastain is for Interstellar, not A Most Violent Year.

Bob

Here are my predictions for this section. Arguette-Boyhood, Stone-Birdman, Knightley-Imitation Game, Dern-Wild, and Russo-Nightcrawler. Runner Ups are Streep for Into the Woods and Miller for American Sniper.

Stergios

I just saw the latest trailer for "A most violent year" and it looks like a masterpiece for the ages. Both Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain are clearly tremendous, but Jesus Christ, Jessica Chastain obviously gives her greatest performance to date – and that says a lot. The way she says "It wasn’t your good luck helping you out all these years… It was me!" in that trailer is just… God, this woman is almost insanely talented. I think the Best Supporting Actress race should be closed by now. It’s clear that Chastain’s performance has Oscar written all over her.

Renan Maia

GlENN CLOSE never appears in this list!!!!!! Why? Oh my God! She gave a fantastic performance in LOW DOWN.

Joel

I hope Carrie Coon and Kristen Stewart get a nomination

Stergios

I mean, seriously, why Naomi Watts isn’t mentioned for either than "St. Vincent" or "Birdman"? She’s an immensely gifted actress and she’s incredible in both films.

Szymon

What about Agata Kulesza in "Ida"?

Joe

ugh why is Tilda Swinton’s ridiculous Snowpiercer performance even on this list.

FrankoFile

Redgrave iand Lange aren’t the only former winners. Streep won for Kramer vs Kramer

Tobi

Oh man, it’d be amazing if Swinton got in for Snowpiercer. Like this says though, she’d be one helluva long shot.

For me, and off the top of head, I’d take Arquette, Chastain, Knightley, Stone, Swinton – possibly Coon and Moore on the fringes.

Rich

What about Shohreh Aghdashloo for Rosewater? She’s been nominated before and can definitely give the other girls on this list a run for their money.

EPJ234

Patricia Arquette all the way. Her work in Boyhood cannot be rivaled by any other supporting actress this year.

Jeremy

Tilda Swinton has also won an Oscar before, so actually 4 of the 20 options below have won. :-)

Athena

Kristen Stewart???…how much did her PR team/Sony pay you guys to promote that Redwood?.

myami

I feel like this year it’s going to be between Patty A., Keira, and Carmen Ejogo battling this category. The first 2 have strong reviews and since Selma has this positive buzz I’d suppose she’s also a strong contender.

Alex

I really hope Rose Byrne (I know a long shot) sneaks in for "Neighbors" – she’s always good, such range and was PERFECT in the film.

Ayşe Soğukpınar

Kristen Stewart Still Alice

Mirko

Emma Thompson for Effie Gray.

Renan Maia

where’s GLENN CLOSE for "Low Down"?

cafravara

juliette binoche, kirsten stewart and chloe grace moretz are so powerful in clouds of slis maria, why this magnific film is ignored!

Mini

Your list lost credibility with the addition of the wooden princess , kstewart. Lol. She couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag.

DD

Why would Anne Hathaway be categorized as a Supporting Actress, her role looks bigger than Chastain’s. Hathaway should be under the Best Actress list. Jessica Chastain shouldn’t even be nominated for Interstallar, she’s stated herself, that her role in Interstellar is very small.

Brock

Kristen Stewart? She would have to really impress to garner an Oscar nomination; any role I’ve seen her in, she seems to not have fully committed to. I’d be happy for Emma Stone to receive her first nomination, but I’ll have to hold out and see Birdman before I completely support that idea. Still, would be nice; she seems to be trying very hard. Judging from the trailer for Interstellar, it seems Anne Hathaway could have a pretty good script to work with for her character. Hopefully she pulls through with a nominaton.

lyta

my predictions:

1 – Patricia Arquette
2 – Vanessa Redgrave
3 – Keira Knightley
4 – Anna Kendrick
5 – Laura Dern

Dark hourses:
Renne Russo
Emily Blunt
Patricia Arquette (is a lock for me, the academy will love boyhood, and she is the one to award) Vanessa Redgrave, because the academy will love to reward a legend with a nomination late in her career. we have seeing it happening with peter o’toole, emmanuel riva,etc. she is academy royalty, i can not see Emma Stone or kristen stewart being nominated over Redgrave. it would almost be an insult. plus foxcatcher seems to be a favorite. Keira Knightley, Anna Kendrick, are former nominees and will likely to come back. probably the fith slot could go to Laura Dern who has a pretty good work this year with Fault and Wild, will be nice to see her nominated.

Juan

Glenn Close for "Low Down" just watch the trailer, that’s an Oscar worthy performance (don’t know about the movie itself) But Glenn Close’s performance looks amazing.

melanie

I’m thinking that the ‘best bets’ are correct so far but in a different order; I’d say Knightley has garnered the more rapturous response compared to the others, but of course not as rapturous as Arquette’s.This category is hard to predict as it is supporting and roles like Arquette’s which some would consider lead have thr more meatier, showy roles. If a lady from Inherent Vice or Into the Woods happens, then they can easily fill in the spots, and I’m supposing Chastain can rank in here too, but as of now I’m pretty confident in betting sure nods for Patty and Keira. Three more spots to battle outm

Stergios

@ STILL CONFUSED… Of course I haven’t seen the film and I obviously don’t know whether she’s lead or supporting but my initial impression from this trailer is that she is again phenomenal. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. She’s an actress that has proven herself to be simply incapable of giving a performance that isn’t great so there you go.

Still confused...

@STERGIOS — You’re "sure Jessica Chastain should take this Oscar for ‘A Most Violent Year?!’" That’s funny, considering the first trailer only just came out a few days ago. And it’s not like you’ve seen it already since you can’t even tell whether she’s lead or supporting. #joke

Confounded :-o

Just gotta say– I feel frighteningly compelled to make this observation: Indiewire undoubtedly has easily THE worst contingent of reader/nominee predictors that I’ve ever come across on ANY site… EVER! Truly a joke; rich laughter all around. I don’t care how far the comments date back, what the hell is peoples’ fascination with Emma Watson?! What, just because "Noah" was the new movie out at that time, is that why everyone had/has a boner for her? Because you ARE all aware that the release dates – or month of release at the very least – for pretty much all of the most promising awards contenders WERE available at that time, right?! Evidently not…

That being said, Brian– Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Taylor Swift, Julianne Moore, and Elle Fanning?! Is that some sorta sick joke?! And Leonie1988– Jena Malone, Emma Thompson, and Sigourney Weaver?! WTF?! These comments are killin’ me! #dead

Daniel

What about GLENN CLOSE in LOW DOWN ?

Stergios

I’m sure Jessica Chastain should take this Oscar for "A most violent year". Unless she’s lead.

leora

Yeah, saw Wild, TIG, and Birdman and Dern and Stone are definitely not happening over Knightley. Which makes me sad, because I desperately want Dern to get hat Oscar, but after Arquette if she ain’t winning then it’s Knightley’s statuette to take.

loisa

I’ve seen all the performances of those top 4 contenders and read numerous reviews – I have no idea how Dern is second on the list. Slightly memorable scenes yes but the screen time allotted for it – she ain’t happening. If anything Knightley would be second to Arquette, then Stone. Sadly I just don’t see Laura Dern happening at all. She barely went noticed.

Joseph

YAY! Love that you included Rose Byrne in Neighbours!

JJFFKK

1. Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice)
2. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
3. Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
4. Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods)
5. Emma Stone (Birdman)
6. Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
7. Laura Dern (Wild)
8. Carmen Ejogo (Selma)
9. Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
10. Anne Hathaway (Interstellar)
11. Jennifer Garner (Men, Women & Children)
12. Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)
13. Jessica Chastain (Interstellar)
14. Reese Witherspoon (Inherent Vice)
15. Jessica Lange (The Gambler)
16. Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher)
17. Naomi Watts (St. Vincent)
18. Melissa McCarthy (St. Vincent)
19. Jena Malone (Inherent Vice)
20. Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)

Jeff

Maya Rudolph may surprise us…did you see The Way, Way Back? – She was excellent. Also, a lot of people say that comic actors have the most range

M.

I think Stewart will have to make due with getting good reviews for the first time in her life. (LOL!). There are a lot of people that really do not like her in Hollywood.

Benny

My prediction for BSA

Best Supporting Actress
1. Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
2. Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
3. Kristen Stewart, "Still Alice"
4. Emily Blunt, "Into The Woods"
5. Carmen Ejogo, "Selma"

desire

WTF????????? KRISTEN IS BEST THAT ANNA KENDRICK OR EMMA STONE COME ON!!!!!!!!

kami

why all these oscar prediction blogs dont add kristen stewart and chloe grace moretz in supporting actress. the film has fixed u.s release date at Dec. 1. Kristen Stewart is frontrunner to win

Duane

I keep seeing prediction lists name Oprah as one of their choices. I want Oprah to win an Oscar as much as anyone, but they already said it’s a very small part. More like a cameo.

EYRO

BOO: "Are you kidding me?" NO, I’M NOT KIDDING YOU. Naomi Watts is a lock with St Vincent. INEPT. You onlyy have to see what a different role she’s palying: a PREGNANT STRIPPER. And shut up coz don’t think Laura Dern is a lock. Her role is as ridicolous as it was hers in The Master. Plus, you have no a idea coz St. vincent hasn’t still been released. Let’s until this Friday when it gets released at TIFF an d how many ZERO "MEDIOCRE" reviews it gets. You know it is gonna get so many positive reviews that you have become annoyed when reading Naomi Watts. Moreover, it is the Weinstein company behind her, INEPT.

Brett

I wish the Academy would expand the acting, directing, and writing categories that way people won’t go "How come this guy didn’t get nominated"? "Why didn’t this great director get in"?

Will Hoyer

Where is Una Thurman for nymphomaniac? Stolen film!

Sasha

You better put Viola Davis – Get On Up back on this list!!! >:( And take Rose Byrne – Neighbors off this list. I’m questioning your credibility and judgement right now.

Mexicano

Not only Emma Stone will be in contention with Birdman but also Naomi Watts because she is being directed by a mexicano and Naomi always gets nominated when she is directed by a hispanic (21 grams and The Impossible). This is a rule, it doesn’t matter if she has been great in other films like Mullhollands Drive, she is a lock with Hispanics. This will be the second year in a row that a mexicano wins Best Director Oscar.

BOO

Wild has been seen. Laura Dern is #1. You can go ahead and move her up. Naomi Watts? Are you kidding me? St. Vincent is no Oscar contender. I’ll be saying that til the day it gets mediocre reviews at Toronto. Rosewater is getting zero nominations also.

JamDenTel

No Emma Stone for Birdman? She looks pretty good from the trailer.

KP

Um can someone tell me why Rose Byrne in Neighbors is on here? I mean the movie was funny but it was a teen movie and there was nothing Oscar caliber about it at ALL.
Also I’m pretty sure Viola Davis was on this list in the Strong Contenders (At least on paper) area for Get on Up and she needs to be put back there! That scene where she sees James Brown again to tell him she loves him but she’s really pretty much just asking for money was powerful acting.

DEVIL

I don’t know why everyone has so much faith in "Into the Woods". It looks like it’ll nab some artistic nods, but not anything of substance. I mean, really – come on, now. Rob Marshall’s films haven’t been good since Chicago, and from the teaser alone, I gather it’ll be on par with "Alice in Wonderland". And why isn’t Felicity Jones on here, from "The Theory of Everything"? She seems like a more safer bet than Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt. Jesus.

Charlie Kane

Rose Byrne in Neighbors? Seriously. You’ve lost quite a bit of credibility after adding her to the Dark Horse category. That’s horrible.

Mirko

Emma Thompson for Effie Gray.

Tyler

Of all the actresses and films listed here, I’ve only seen Patricia Arquette in "Boyhood," but I can say with confidence that her performance is undoubtedly Oscar worthy…

HJ

Everyone that has a real chance:

1. Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
2. Jena Malone – Inherent Vice
3. Catherine Waterson – Inherent Vice
4. Anne Hathaway – Interstellar
5. Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
6. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
7. Robin Wright – A Most Wanted Man
8. Sigourney Weaver – Exodus
9. Naomi Watts – Birdman
10. Emma Stone – Birdman
11. Andrea Riseborough – Birdman
12. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
13. Rooney Mara – Trash
14. Kristin Scott Thomas – Suite Francaise
15. Margot Robbie – Suite Francaise
16. Octavia Spencer – Get on Up
17. Viola Davis – Get on Up
18. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
19. Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
20. Vera Farmiga – The Judge
21. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
22. Jennifer Garner – Men, Women & Children
23. Judy Greer – Men, Women & Children
24. Emma Thompson – Men, Women & Children
25. Amanda Seyfried – While We’re Young
26. Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
27. Emma Watson – Noah
28. Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
29. Helena Bonham Carter – Suffragette
30. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
31. Chloe Grace Moretz – Clouds of Sils Maria
32. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
33. Naomi Watts – St. Vincent
34. Shohreh Aghdashloo – Rosewater
35. Carmen Ejogo – Selma
36. Oprah Winfrey – Selma
37. Laura Dern – Wild
38. Kristin Scott Thomas – My Old Lady
39. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
40. Vanessa Redgrave – FoxcatcherEveryone that has a real chance:

1. Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
2. Jena Malone – Inherent Vice
3. Catherine Waterson – Inherent Vice
4. Anne Hathaway – Interstellar
5. Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
6. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
7. Robin Wright – A Most Wanted Man
8. Sigourney Weaver – Exodus
9. Naomi Watts – Birdman
10. Emma Stone – Birdman
11. Andrea Riseborough – Birdman
12. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
13. Rooney Mara – Trash
14. Kristin Scott Thomas – Suite Francaise
15. Margot Robbie – Suite Francaise
16. Octavia Spencer – Get on Up
17. Viola Davis – Get on Up
18. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
19. Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
20. Vera Farmiga – The Judge
21. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
22. Jennifer Garner – Men, Women & Children
23. Judy Greer – Men, Women & Children
24. Emma Thompson – Men, Women & Children
25. Amanda Seyfried – While We’re Young
26. Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
27. Emma Watson – Noah
28. Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
29. Helena Bonham Carter – Suffragette
30. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
31. Chloe Grace Moretz – Clouds of Sils Maria
32. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
33. Naomi Watts – St. Vincent
34. Shohreh Aghdashloo – Rosewater
35. Carmen Ejogo – Selma
36. Oprah Winfrey – Selma
37. Laura Dern – Wild
38. Kristin Scott Thomas – My Old Lady
39. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
40. Vanessa Redgrave – FoxcatcherEveryone that has a real chance:

1. Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
2. Jena Malone – Inherent Vice
3. Catherine Waterson – Inherent Vice
4. Anne Hathaway – Interstellar
5. Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
6. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
7. Robin Wright – A Most Wanted Man
8. Sigourney Weaver – Exodus
9. Naomi Watts – Birdman
10. Emma Stone – Birdman
11. Andrea Riseborough – Birdman
12. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
13. Rooney Mara – Trash
14. Kristin Scott Thomas – Suite Francaise
15. Margot Robbie – Suite Francaise
16. Octavia Spencer – Get on Up
17. Viola Davis – Get on Up
18. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
19. Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
20. Vera Farmiga – The Judge
21. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
22. Jennifer Garner – Men, Women & Children
23. Judy Greer – Men, Women & Children
24. Emma Thompson – Men, Women & Children
25. Amanda Seyfried – While We’re Young
26. Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
27. Emma Watson – Noah
28. Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
29. Helena Bonham Carter – Suffragette
30. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
31. Chloe Grace Moretz – Clouds of Sils Maria
32. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
33. Naomi Watts – St. Vincent
34. Shohreh Aghdashloo – Rosewater
35. Carmen Ejogo – Selma
36. Oprah Winfrey – Selma
37. Laura Dern – Wild
38. Kristin Scott Thomas – My Old Lady
39. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
40. Vanessa Redgrave – Foxcatcher

Duane

I’m pretty sure Oprah’s part in Selma is just a cameo. My favorite supporting performance so far was Jennifer Connelly in Noah. She blew me away.

Stergios

Yeah, I think Max is probably right. Meryl will most likely go lead again, despite the fact that Emily Blunt is the real lead of the show. She looks incredible again, anyway.

Max

@MEXICANO

Because she’s the lead.

Mexicano

Why did you take Meryl off the list?

Stergios

Oh my God, I just saw the "Into the woods" teaser. Meryl Streep for an Oscar again! I mean, wow! Really, what can anyone say about that woman? She’s just phenomenal. I don’t know if she’ll go lead or supporting, but if she goes supporting, I have a feeling this will be her fourth Oscar win.

Sasha

Why is Rose Byrne – Neighbors on here?!

zooey

where is kristen stewart��

Lana

Just wathced the trailer for ‘My Old Lady’. It seems that Maggie Smith could get a nomination this year.

Gerson

They all have a chance:

Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
Jena Malone – Inherent Vice
Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
Vanessa Redgrave – Foxcatcher
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Sigourney Weaver – Exodus: Gods and Kings
Emma Watson – Noah
Naomi Watts – Birdman
Emma Stone – Birdman
Kristin Scott Thomas – Suite Francaise
Margott Robbie – Suite Francaise
Octavia Spencer – Get on Up
Viola Davis – Get on Up
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
Laura Dern – Wild
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Vera Farmiga – The Judge
Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Kill the Messenger
Rosemarie DeWitt – Kill the Messenger
Eileen Atkins – Magic in the Moonlight
Jacki Weaver – Magic in the Moonlight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Judy Greer – Men, Women and Children
Emma Thompson – Men, Women and Children
Amanda Seyfried – While We're Young
Renne Russo – Nightcrawler
Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Chloe Grace Moretz – Clouds of Sils Maria
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
Helena Bonham Carter – Suffragette
Meryl Streep – Suffragette
Maggie Smith – My Old Lady

MARCUS

Suzanne Clément in Mommy ! Incredible performance.

Leopold

Maggie Smith looks great in 'My Old Lady'

JP

Tilda Swinton! TILDA SWINTON! T I L D A S W I N T O N! ~tilda swinton~

Brett

Emma Watson gave a fantastic performance in Noah! She should be nominated!!!!

Lorcan

I'm a huge fan of Laura Dern and she was excellent in The Fault in Our Stars and it would be great if the Academy decided to recognize her efforts for the first time since '92. Also I think after seeing Boyhood it would be criminal not to give Patricia Arquette a nomination, or even a win as she was fantastic and really gave a honest, raw representation of a single mother. If she was to be nominated it would hopefully do wonders for her career as let's face it she hasn't really had many stand out performance since True Romance.

Alejandro

1. Viola Davis – "Get On Up"
2. Helena Bonham Carter – "Suffragette"
3. Jacki Weaver – "Magic in the Moonlight"
4. Vanessa Redgrave – "Foxcatcher"
5. Maggie Smith – "My Old Lady"
6. Patricia Arquette – "Boyhood"
7. Meryl Streep – "Suffragette" (Leading or supporting?)
8. Emma Thompson – "Me, Women & Childen"
9. Emily Watson – "Theory of Everything"
10. Octavia Spencer – "Get On Up"
11. Jessica Chastain – "A Most Violent Year"
12. Kristin Scott Thomas – "Suite Francaise"
13. Naomi Watts – "St. Vincent"

Brett

I personally don't see Rose Byrne, that breast scene was more disturbing than funny

Marissa

Patricia Arquette was excellent in Boyhood. It'd be so nice to see her nominated for this little gem of a film.

Mirko

Emma Thompson in nomination, please.

Duane

I know a nomination won't happen but I was absolutely FLOORED by Jennifer Connelly's performance in 'Noah'

Stergios

I truly believe that Eva Green should not only be nominated but also win the Oscar for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for her scene-stealing, no-holds-barred, extremely complex, one-of-a-kind, almost otherworldly performance in "300: Rise of an Empire". Not only this is the best performance of her career, it's also one of the greatest female performances of the last decade. It's an Oscar-worthy performance in every sense of the way. I know, "300: Rise of an empire" is hardly Oscar material, but Green's performance is worthy of an Oscar win like few performances in years. As Artemisia, the vengeful, psychotic, bloodthirsty female commander of the Persian navy, she is so totally commanding it's almost scary. She outshines every actor she has scenes with, infusing the screen with raw sexuality, deep emotion and over-the-top craziness. This is an acting masterclass without a hint of doubt. I'm so glad she has received so much praise for her masterful portrayal of Artemisia and I hope Oscar voters will be brave enough to acknowledge her terrific turn. Even if I really doubt that. In "300: Rise of an Empire", though, she shines in a way she never really did before. She gives an exquisite performance, actually the kind of performance that has to be seen to be truly believed. I'm definitely looking forward to watching her in "White Bird in a Blizzard" and "Sin City: A Damn to Kill For", especially in the latter, because I am really mad about the whole "Sin City" mythology and the first film is among my top 20 films of all time. I almost know Frank Miller's seven albums by heart and I know that the character she plays in the second film, Ava Lord, is the deadliest femme fatale ever to have walked in Basin City. It's a terrific role and I think that it's the role she was born to play. It seems like she's going to seduce the planet this year, beginning with her mesmerizing performance in "300: Rise of an Empire". I also think she should win every award there is on TV for her unforgettable performance as Vanessa Ives in "Penny Dreadful".

BOO

How do you know Chastain is supporting?

Stergios

I think Meryl Streep is already a lock for a nomination for "Into the woods". I'm surprised Naomi Watts isn't on the list, for either "St. Vincent" or "Birdman". I believe that for the latter Emma Stone should be put in serious consideration. And what about Emma Watson? She was great in "Noah" and definitely worthy of an Oscar nomintion. I think that the same goes for Jennifer Connelly. Rose Byrne for "Neighbors"? That would be so awesome! She was amazing in this film, like absolutely amazing. If only the Academy voters had the intelligence required to nominate her for her incredible work in that shamelessly hilarious film… Rooney Mara seems like a sold bet for "Carol" at this point. And I wish Jessica Chastain could be nominated for everything, just everything she's done this year or will ever do. What a talented actress! My God, she's simply outstanding! I'm not sure if she's supporting for "A most violent year", but I think it would be really cool if she went for "Interstellar". Christopher Nolan's films are always packed with incredible performances and yet rarely do they even end up nominated. In fact, with the exception of Heath Ledger, never has an actor, male or female, in a Nolan film been nominated for an Oscar. It's really a shame. I've said it before, but yeah, I think this is the place Julianne Moore's performance in "Maps to the stars" could have any chance. I wish Marion Cotillard could land a nomination for "Blood ties", even if she doesn't have a chance, from where I stand.

Cory

Hahaha, really THOSE are your best bets? Wow, umm…no.

Emma Stone, Birdman
Octavia Spencer, Get on Up
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Vanessa Redgrave, Foxcatcher
Jenna Malone, Inherent Vice

Brett

Top 10:
1. Emma Watson
2. Viola Davis
3. Meryl Streep
4. Anna Kendrick
5. Sigourney Weaver
6. Helena Bonham Carter
7. Jessica Chastain
8. Reese Witherspoon
9. Kristen Scott Thomas
10. Vanessa Redgrave

aaron

1. viola davis
2. Helena Bonham carter
3.vanessa redgrave
4.kristen stewart
5.jacki Weaver

Faye

Indiewire, your lists need to be corrected. You've gotten it wrong re: Kristen Stewart. Given the outstanding reviews she has received out of Cannes, and winning this site's Best Supporting Performance as voted by critics, she needs to be moved from the Best Actress category to this one. Update, please. She will not be pushed for Best Actress; if IFC decides to launch a campaign, it will be in this category for Best Supporting Actress. And judging from the reactions, she definitely has a shot.

Drood

If you're including actresses from the cast of "Men, Women and Children" sight unseen, better throw in Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer as well…

Brett

Rose Byrne in Neighbors…why?

DeeDee

Maggie Smith's role in "My Old Lady" scream "win", or at least "nomination"

Tyler Allison

I took part in the pre-production of A Most Violent year and I'm confused as to why it's on this list when they literally just recast it 4 months ago and has not even started production.

Leonie1988

1. Jena Malone – Inherent Vice (I don't understand how you put Maya Rudolph on the list but not her)
2. Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
3. Emma Thompson, Me, Women & Childen
4. Sigourney Weaver, Exodus
5. Vanessa Redgrave, Foxcatcher
6. Viola Davis, Get On Up

I especially hope for Jena, Emma and Sigourney.

kami

Not sure about Suffragette, Carol and Macbeth will release on time so here are my prediction after cannes

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria (Winner)
Kristin Scott Thomas, Suite Francaise
Reese Witherspoon, Inherent Vice

May Be: Chloë Grace Moretz, Clouds of Sils Maria

Hackman

Top 20:

Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Helena Bonham Carter – Sufragette
Emma Watson – Noah
Octavia Spencer – Get on Up
Viola Davis – Get on Up
Vera Farmiga – The Judge

Kristin Scott Thomas – Suite Francaise
Naomi Watts – Birdman
Sigourney Weaver – Exodus
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Sufragette

Cate Blanchett – Carol
Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
Catalina Sandino Moreno – A Most Violent Year
Chloe Grace Moretz – Sils Maria
Margot Robbie – Suite Francaise

Roberto

Why is not Emma Watson on this list? She's getting major buzz for her performance in 'Noah' even Vanity Fair made a full article about how good she was

Mirko

E ora di nominare Emma Thompson. Uno scandalo lo snub per Saving Mr Banks.

COCO

What about Naomi Watts ?
– St Vincent De Van Nuys
– Birdman

Brett

Top 10 choices:
1. Meryl Streep
2. Emma Watson
3. Viola Davis
4. Keira Knightly
5. Annette Benning
6. Jessica Chastain
7. Marion Cotillard
8. Sigourney Weaver
9. Helena Bonham Carter
10. Anna Kendrick

Kelsy

Emma Watson should get Razzie she can't have natural acting

Kelsy

I think Emma watson is overrate

Hackman

Top 15:
1. Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
2. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
3. Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
4. Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
5. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

6. Kristin Scott Thomas – Suite Francaise
7. Emma Watson – Noah
8. Helena Bonham Carter – Sufragette
9. Naomi Watts – Birdman
10. Vera Farmiga – The Judge

11. Emma Stone – Birdman
12. Annette Bening – The Search
13. Meryl Streep – Sufragette
14. Mia Wasikowska – Maps to the Stars
15. Robin Wright – A Most Wanted Man

Johnny Q

TOP 5:
Reese Witherspoon (Inherent Vice)
Jessica Chastain (Interstellar)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods)

2ND TOP 5:
Octavia Spencer (Get on Up)
Annette Bening (The Search)
Helena Bonham Carter (Sufragette)
Naomi Watts (Birdman)
Emma Watson (Noah)

POSSIBLES:
Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)
Meryl Streep (Sufragette)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Hailee Steinfield (The Homesman)
Catalina Sandino Moreno (A Most Violent Year)
Kristin Scott Thomas (Suite Francaise)
Margot Robbie (Suite Francaise)
Viola Davis (Get on Up)
Natalie Portman (Knight of Cups)
Cate Blanchett (Knight of Cups)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Katie Holmes (The Giver)
Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac)
Vera Farmiga (The Judge)
Annette Bening (The Search)
Mia Wasikowska (Maps to the Stars)
Sarah Gadon (Maps to the Stars)
Marcia Gay Harden (Magic in the Moonlight)
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Emma Thompson (Men, Women and Children)
Amanda Seyfried (While We're Young)
Laura Dern (The Fault in Our Stars)
Kate Mara (Transcendence)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Frank)
Scarlett Johansson (Chef)
Noomi Rapace (The Drop)
Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here)

Brett

If the Academy decided to nominate the major categories like this to 10 nominees like they did to Best Picture my picks would be:
1. Meryl Streep
2. Jessica Chastain
3. Emma Watson
4. Annette Benning
5. Viola Davis
6. Helena Bonham Carter
7. Anna Kendrick
8. Sigourney Weaver
9. Marisa Tomei
10. Patricia Arquette

John Williams

Did you forget Emma Watson? Hers is probably the most Oscar-worthy performance between those I saw.

Katie

Emma Watson must be on this list. Her powerful performance as Ila in Noah is being loved by the most of critic, it's maybe her best performance and it's absolutely Oscar-worthy. Great job for a nearly 24-years-old woman.

Guy Jones

All Possible:
Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Robin Wright – A Most Wanted Man
Emma Watson – Noah
Sigourney Weaver – Exodus
Naomi Watts – Birdman
Emma Stone – Birdman
Catalina Sandino Moreno – A Most Violent Year
Kristin Scott Thomas – Suite Francaise
Margot Robbie – Suite Francaise
Octavia Spencer – Get on Up
Natalie Portman – Knight of Cups
Cate Blanchett – Knight of Cups
Annette Bening – The Search
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
Katie Holmes – The Giver
Stacy Martin – Nymphomaniac
Uma Thurman – Nymphomaniac
Vera Farmiga – The Judge
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Marcia Gay Harden – Magic in the Moonlight
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Emma Thompson – Men, Women and Children
Amanda Seyfried – While We're Young
Melanie Laurent – Enemy
Laura Dern – The Fault in Our Stars
Mia Wasikowska – The Double
Nicole Kidman – The Railway Man
Kate Mara – Transcendence
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
Scarlett Johansson – Chef
Sarah Gadon – Maps to the Stars
Brie Larson – The Gambler
Hailee Steinfield – The Homesman
Carrie Coon – Gone Girl

Brian

Emma Watson "Noah"
Jennifer Connelly "Noah" (if it's not considered Leading)
Taylor Swift "The Giver" (LOL)
Julianne Moore "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
Ellie Fanning "Maleficent"

Brett

Emma Watson should be on this list, she gave a powerful performance in Noah

Brett

Rooney Mara is a lead in Trash

Brett

Why do you have everyone else from Men, Women, and Children but not Adam for Best actor?

99

Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice
Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods

Max

My First Predictions:

Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
Marisa Tomei – Love is Strange
Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Kill the Messenger

Anonymous

"Maya Rudolph, Inherent Vice" a "Reasonable Bet"… SERIOUSLY? she is… the longest. shot. EVER!

HAHAHAHAAA

yeahhh that SUPER annoying chick from snl and all of those godawful adam sandler movies has totally got a chance of getting nominated for an oscar… seriously, the only way rudolph can get a tiny gold man that she can place atop a mantel is if she dips the next kid she pops out in gold and somehow sticks a crib up there.

AND "Reese Witherspoon, Inherent Vice" no. just… no. the casting decisions for "inherent vice" scare me to death. i can already feel the disappointment.

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