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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 16, 2014 at 12:27PM

Here's our take on the best supporting actress category

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.

There were a few interesting shakeups in this race over the last little bit.  First, assumed nominee Laura Dern ("Wild") didn't get nearly the kind of precursor attention we thought she would. And then two other women we didn't see coming -- Naomi Watts ("St. Vincent") and Tilda Swinton ("Snowpiercer") -- did, with Watts getting a SAG nomination and Swinton making the Critics' Choice cut. 

Now it seems that Dern, Swinton and Watts all sit as potential spoilers to a race that -- like Best Actress -- has five contenders standing strong: Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"), Keira Knightley ("The Imitation Game"), Jessica Chastain ("A Most Violent Year"), Emma Stone ("Birdman") and Meryl Streep ("Into The Woods"). But only Arquette (who is looking good for the win) isn't vulnerable to that aforementioned trio on the outside looking in -- or to our pick for the "most likely to pull a Jonah Hill this year": Carmen Ejogo for "Selma."

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Only True Lock:
1. Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Very Likely To Join Her:
2. Meryl Streep, "Into The Woods"
3. Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
4. Emma Stone, "Birdman"

Three Women, One Slot:
5. Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"
6. Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer"
7. Laura Dern, "Wild"
8. Naomi Watts, "St. Vincent"

Dark Horses:
9. Carmen Ejogo, "Selma"
10. Rene Russo, "Nightcrawler"
11. Kristen Stewart, "Still Alice"
12. Carrie Coon, "Gone Girl"

READ MORE: Patricia Arquette on Why She Needed to Make 'Boyhood' and Why It Was So Weird to Finally Watch It

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season, Oscars 2015


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