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July 13, 2014 12:22 PM
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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

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

Here's our early predictions for the best supporting actress race, which could see a slew of women who are quite overdue -- Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Kristin Scott Thomas, among others -- aiming to finally take home the prize, alongside, yep, Meryl Streep, who has three supporting performances on tap for 2014 -- "Into The Woods," "The Homesman" and "Suffragette."

Check out predictions in other categories here.

Best Bets From What We've Seen (But They're All Tough Calls):
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Vanessa Redgrave, Foxcatcher
Dorothy Atkinson, Mr. Turner
Marion Booth, Mr. Turner

Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper):
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Kristin Scott Thomas, Suite Francaise
Viola Davis, Get On Up

Naomi Watts, St. Vincent
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Helena Bonham Carter, Suffragette
Anna Kendrick, Into The Woods
Rooney Mara, Carol

Reasonable Bets (Though At This Point, Anyone Is):
Maya Rudolph, Inherent Vice

Octavia Spencer, Get On Up
Emma Thompson, Me, Women & Childen
Emily Watson, Theory of Everything
Reese Witherspoon, Inherent Vice

Jessica Chastain, Interstellar
Laura Dern, Wild

Rosemarie DeWitt, Men, Women & Children
Rooney Mara, Trash
Jacki Weaver, Magic in the Moonlight

Sigourney Weaver, Exodus

Pretty Please?
Rose Byrne, Neighbors

57 Comments

  • MARCUS | July 21, 2014 3:31 PMReply

    Suzanne Clément in Mommy ! Incredible performance.

  • Leopold | July 16, 2014 12:25 AMReply

    Maggie Smith looks great in 'My Old Lady'

  • Leroy | July 16, 2014 12:27 AM

    Yeah men! Put her on the list! It's an order

  • JP | July 16, 2014 12:10 AMReply

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

  • Brett | July 13, 2014 11:18 PMReply

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

  • Lorcan | July 11, 2014 6:19 PMReply

    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 | July 5, 2014 8:33 PMReply

    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 | June 26, 2014 7:32 PMReply

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

  • 23553 | July 13, 2014 1:13 PM

    Yeah, I don't either. She was good, but not on the level of RDJ in Tropic Thunder or Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids. If a comedic performance is going to slip in, we haven't seen it yet.

  • Marissa | June 23, 2014 3:41 PMReply

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

  • Mirko | June 20, 2014 2:35 PMReply

    Emma Thompson in nomination, please.

  • Duane | June 20, 2014 3:10 AMReply

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

  • Stergios | June 19, 2014 4:15 PMReply

    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".

  • Stergios | July 8, 2014 9:06 PM

    Totally. As I've said, "300: Rise of an empire" is hardly Oscar material, just a mindless popcorn flick, but Green's performance is undoubtedly worthy of an Oscar win and in fact like few performances in years. I don't know what you know about "acting", but Green's acting as Artemisia is acting of the highest order. Don't worry, Academy members are too narrow-minded even to consider her performance for a nomination (and unfortunately they aren't the only ones who are narrow-minded, that's for sure). It's a shame. Green is terrific and definitely Oscar-worthy for her work there. At least, that's my opinion.

  • john | July 6, 2014 11:44 PM

    are you serious

  • BOO | June 15, 2014 3:34 PMReply

    How do you know Chastain is supporting?

  • Indiewire | June 15, 2014 9:14 PM

    In what?

  • Stergios | June 10, 2014 10:21 PMReply

    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.

  • Stergios | July 2, 2014 1:29 PM

    Haha, never thought it that way, man. You're absolutely right. I think it's more likely to grab a nomination for "St. Vincent" though. She plays really against the type there and judging from the trailers and the overall information released for the two films, her role seems more substantial in Theodore Melfi's film seems far more substantial. I guess we'll wait and see, anyway. I'm sure she deserves to be nominated for both. She's such a terrific actress. It feels insane that she hasn't won an Oscar by now.

  • Mexicano | June 29, 2014 7:23 PM

    Yes, Naomi is always nominated when she is directed by Hispanics, so she is a lock for Birdman.

  • Cory | June 9, 2014 4:18 PMReply

    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

  • Max | June 13, 2014 1:08 AM

    Did you not see the "from what we've seen" disclaimer?

  • Brett | June 5, 2014 5:36 PMReply

    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 | June 5, 2014 8:46 AMReply

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

  • Faye | May 29, 2014 7:46 PMReply

    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.

  • agreed | June 1, 2014 8:05 AM

    I absolutely agree. Kristen Stewart is supporting in cloud of sils maria. I think indiewire compare it with 50s all about eve where Bette davis and Anee baxter both nominate in lead and i also heard that in film juliette binoche fearing from chloe to be sigrid but its actually kristen but oscar new rules will definitely put her in supporting. She is a contender right now

  • Drood | May 29, 2014 10:46 AMReply

    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 | May 27, 2014 11:43 AMReply

    Rose Byrne in Neighbors...why?

  • DeeDee | May 26, 2014 3:48 PMReply

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

  • Tyler Allison | May 26, 2014 8:48 AMReply

    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.

  • Max | May 27, 2014 9:54 PM

    If it hasn't even started production, then how are there pictures from the set all over the internet? Better yet, if it hasn't even started production, why does pretty much EVERY single internet source say it wrapped up production over two months ago?

  • Leonie1988 | May 26, 2014 4:36 AMReply

    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 | May 25, 2014 6:00 AMReply

    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 | May 24, 2014 1:14 PMReply

    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 | May 22, 2014 2:30 AMReply

    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 | May 16, 2014 2:18 PMReply

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

  • COCO | May 8, 2014 6:25 PMReply

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

  • Brett | May 7, 2014 4:42 PMReply

    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 | May 7, 2014 1:00 PMReply

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

  • Brett | May 7, 2014 4:25 PM

    Have you seen her in Noah? She's like the Lupita N'Yong'O in that movie

  • Kelsy | May 7, 2014 12:57 PMReply

    I think Emma watson is overrate

  • Marissa | June 23, 2014 3:39 PM

    And I think your grammar and spelling is repugnant. Learn to conjugate verbs before you judge other people at their craft.

  • Brandon | May 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    That's your opinion, but it doesn't mean that she is bad, she is praised by most of the critics and audiences, if you don't like her, that's cool, nobody has to like the same, but don't throw shade at her without no reason

  • Hackman | May 6, 2014 6:27 PMReply

    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 | April 15, 2014 12:37 AMReply

    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 | April 8, 2014 5:07 PMReply

    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 | April 7, 2014 4:09 PMReply

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

  • Katie | April 7, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    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 | April 3, 2014 4:35 PMReply

    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 | April 3, 2014 1:31 PMReply

    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 | April 3, 2014 2:20 AMReply

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

  • Brett | April 1, 2014 12:37 PMReply

    Rooney Mara is a lead in Trash

  • Drood | May 29, 2014 10:50 AM

    Will be interesting to see how Universal approaches this. The characters played by both Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen could be promoted as either supporting or lead...

  • Brett | March 30, 2014 1:36 PMReply

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

  • 99 | March 29, 2014 9:40 AMReply

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

  • Max | March 28, 2014 8:03 PMReply

    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 | March 27, 2014 4:31 PMReply

    "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.