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Rooney Mara in Carol, Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl

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As far as Academy Award go, this will be one year where the Supporting Award categories look far more interesting and evenly contested than the main categories!
Rooney Mara in Carol, Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl – ranking the Best Supporting Actress nominees from worst to best!
Some terrific performances under one bracket!
As far as Academy Award go, this will be one year where the Supporting Award categories look far more interesting and evenly contested than the main categories!

In a special series of Academy Award features, we will be reviewing all the nominations for all the main categories of the Oscars 2016, and rank the performances from the least strong to the most strong! Starting off yesterday, we have already covered the Best Supporting Actors nominees. Now it’s the time for the ladies in the same category to get scrutinised. And let me remind you again, this is also another tightly contested categories, therefore my job was very difficult and of course, exciting as well!

So, starting off with the least impressive (again, this is based on relativity, so no offence, please ladies!)

Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
Why she should get it

If Leonardo DiCaprio has a high chance of winning this year’s Oscar, just because he is battered, bruised and beaten during the entire runtime of the Revenant,why shouldn’t Jennifer? After all, it’s it’s not easy to shine as a female punching bag in a film filled with Quentin Tarantino’s most despised men!

Why she won’t

Even though she plays one of the main characters of the film and she is one die-hard bad-ass, the script lets her performance down several times!

Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
Why she should get it

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Nuanced, underplayed and natural – that’s how you could describe Rachel McAdams’ performance in the magnificent Spotlight.

Why she won’t

The problem with Spotlight is that jury will see the film more as an ensemble performance, than for its individual merits. This would be one major disadvantage for Rachel!

Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs
Why she should get it

She stole many a scenes from under the equally impressive Michael Fassbender with her portrayal of Joanna Hoffman, Steve Job’s right-hand woman. Nowonder, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA’s were impressed with her!

Why she won’t

Though she is terrific in the film,this isn’t her best performance of her career. And the next two entries are tad better than hers.

Rooney Mara in Carol
Why she should get it

She is most probably going to bag the award from under everyone’s nose, since she was really the best thing about Carol, a period lesbian romance. Since I don’t think jury would award Cate Blanchett (also nominated for Carol for Best Actress) twice in a row (She won last year for Blue Jasmine), they would look to Rooney to get the honours.

Why she won’t

Though there isn’t much standing in her way (even the next far more deserving entry), I still feel she should have been nominated in the Best Actress Category and not here.

Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
Why she should get it

This is the performance that impressed me the most among all the other entries in the list. While Eddie Redmayne’s performance as The Danish Girl can be termed as Oscar baity, Alicia’s performance is far more better and nuanced than her Oscar-winning co-star. As the long-suffering wife of a gender-confused husband, it’s is Alicia’s role that invokes empathy from us than the titular character!

Why she won’t

While I feel her performance was the best, it’s Rooney’s role that’s finding favour among the critics. Also, I really can’t fathom why she was not nominated for her other cult-worthy performance of last year in Ex-Machina. It was like Leo not being nominated for The Departed!

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