Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 2016

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Biggest Snub:

Selena Gomez – The Fundamentals of Caring

My Overall Thoughts:

This is another year with 5 great nominees that all give great performances.  They all stand out in their films yet, one of them had a leg up on the rest since she is more of a lead role than a supporting one and that helps make her performance even more powerful when comparing the 5 nominees and their work.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Octavia Spencer
4. Naomie Harris
3. Nicole Kidman
2. Michelle Williams
1. Viola Davis


5. MoonlightNot as amazing as most people claim. The three stories help to give us a better view of his evolving and cyclical life, but the effectiveness of each stories wanes as we watch it all unfold. The first segment is the best and most powerful and I wish they would have just stayed with that story for the whole film. Ali is great and things might have been even more enjoyable had the film focused more on him.
4. LionVery emotional film that takes us on a journey of discovery. Great way that they split the film into two distinct parts that help us understand the character and how complicated his life and memories have become. Patel is great as the older version of the main character yet it’s fun to watch Pawar portray the character as a child. I started to well up with tears at the end because this film is such an emotional roller coaster ride. Kidman does a great job in a supporting role.
3. Hidden FiguresGreat and emotional film that shows us how essential these women were in the success of the Space Program. Great cast shows the difficulties of that era, while still being able to spotlight the work done by these women. Costner once again proves how efficient he can be in supporting roles. Love the ambiguity of the title of the film because that in and of itself tells us so much about this film’s message.
2. FencesGreat dialogue driven film that is able to says so much just by the way the characters act and react to everything around them. This film’s ability to rely only on dialogue makes it so interesting to listen to because the scenery doesn’t change much, just the way the characters talk and feel about everything going on around them. Gives us a great impression of how black families felt during the 1950’s and how their think evolved over the different time periods this film takes place in. It is quite enjoyable watching Washington, Davis and Adepo interact on screen
1. Manchester by the SeaAffleck is superb here and I really doubt anyone else could have been able to bring the emotional depth of this character to the screen as well as he does. The story is written and planned so well by Writer-Director Lonnegan that it is able to creep into our minds and effect us so much mainly because it seems so realistic. Loved the way that we are privy to most of the conversations but not all which gives us a bit of distance for the most intimate and emotional conversations. Definitely deserved it’s two Oscars and remains my favorite film of 2016. 

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No!  VD is superb in Fences, yet her role is more of a lead role than a supporting one and if one just looks at things from the perspective of being the best supporting role, then it should have gone to MW instead, but there is no doubt that VD’s performance is the most powerful of the 5 nominees.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 2016

  1. Agree 100% on Davis – and ranted about this at the time. One of the MAJOR issues that the Academy needs to deal with (unlike the #OscarsSoWhite and loading the Actors branch with idiotic choices to vote and off screen presentations etc.) is the habit of actors and actresses – mostly actresses – slumming in the Supporting category when they are clearly LEAD actresses because they think it’s easier to win there. This win by Davis (and an earlier win by Aliciia Vikander for The Danish Girl) are recent glaring examples. Viola Davis WON a Best LEAD ACTRESS Tony award on Broadway for FENCES – with Denzel and most of the cast that appeared in the film version. Her part was almost identical to the stage version. So I’d like to know how she went from a LEAD on stage to a SUPPORTING role for playing THE SAME PART!! She didn’t. The problem is – it’s not the voters fault (other than the actor’s branch which does the nominating) who follow the FYC (For Your Consideration) campaigns in the trade papers – which are orchestrated by the studios and the actors management (although they sign off). They can nominate them in whatever category they see fit – but they almost always nominate in the category in which the actor campaigns.

    That being said – I’ve never even heard of the Selena Gomez film you mention. If I were voting – Michelle Williams gave a devastating performance (even in only 2 brief scenes) and was the epitome of what a supporting role is. She would’ve had my vote. Kidman was excellent in LION and would’ve been a close runner-up.Spencer was terrific in Hidden Figures – as was the entire cast – and guessing she got the nod because she’s a recent Oscar darling – but IMO – her co-stars – both Taraji P. Henson and Janaelle Monae were even better – and one of them should’ve had that spot – and both of them are my picks as “snubs”.


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