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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

We size up Oscar prospects. Updated 9/23/18.

The Favourite

“The Favourite”

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Oscar perennial Meryl Streep’s out of the Best Actress contention this year; she pops up briefly in sequels “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (a cameo) and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

First Man

“First Man”

Other Oscar favorites do turn up in supporting roles this year, from Lupita Nyong’o (“Black Panther”) and Kathy Bates as activist attorney Dorothy Kenyon in “On the Basis of Sex” to Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in period dramedy “The Favourite.” Amy Adams and Vera Farmiga play political wives Lynne Cheney (“Vice”) and Lee Hart (“The Front Runner”) respectively, while Julia Roberts, Amy Ryan and Nicole Kidman are the mothers of troubled sons in “Ben is Back,” “Beautiful Boy” and “Boy Erased.” Emmy-winner Regina King pops out of the ensemble in Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

New Zealand newcomer Thomasin McKenzie breaks out opposite Ben Foster as her father in Debra Granik’s well-reviewed summer release “Leave No Trace” (Bleecker Street). And Emmy-winning “Crown” star Claire Foy holds her own with Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong’s wife Janet in “First Man.”

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

“Black Panther”

Remember, no film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it. Lists are alphabetical.


Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Lupita Nyong’o (“Black Panther”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)


Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Vera Farmiga (“The Front Runner”)
Nicole Kidman (“Boy Erased”)
Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”)
Margot Robbie (“Mary, Queen of Scots”)
Sissy Spacek (“The Old Man & The Gun”)
Meryl Streep (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Long Shots

Kathy Bates (“On the Basis of Sex”)
Elizabeth Debicki (“Widows”)
Andie MacDowell (“Love After Love”)

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