Oscar 2013: Banner Year for Supporting Actresses

For months now, I have been describing 2013 as one of the best movie years in Hollywood’s history in terms of ramge, quality, and diversity of American movies.

Mainstream Hollywood Cinema has always been star-oriented and stra-driven, and so most of us (scholars and critics alike) have usually focused on the lead roles and the actors who play them, male and female.  (Some of it is a function of space)

To correct this bias, and before it’s too late, I would like put American screen acting in broader perspective.

Here is my list of worthy performances in supporting (secondary) roles by female actors (in alphabetical order):

her_jonze_phoenix_9Adams, Amy: Her






Garner, Jennifer: Dallas Buyers Club

Harris, Naomi: Mandela: The Walk to Freedom

blue_jasmine_1Hawkins, Sally: Blue Jasmine






Johansson, Scarlett: Her

american_hustle_1_lawrenceLawrence, Jennifer: American Hustle (nominated)





Leo, Melissa: Prisoners

Martindale, Margo: August–Osage County

Nyong’ O, Lupita: 12 Years a Slave (nominated)

Paulson, Sarah: 12 Years a Slave

MERYL STREEP and JULIA ROBERTS star in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTYRoberts, Julia: August–Ausage County (nominated)

Saldana, Zoe: Out of the Furnace

Sedoux, Lea: Blue Is the Warmest Color

Spencer, Octavia: Fruitvale

Squib, June: Nebraska (nominated)

Watson, Emily: The Book Thief

Winfrey, Oprah: Lee Daniels’ The Butler