Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 2011

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Biggest Snub:

Sandra Bullock – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

My Overall Thoughts:

This was a year with some great nominated performances in this category, but despite this, one of them gave a slightly more poignant and impactful performance that helped her lead her way through the awards season.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Bérénice Bejo
4. Jessica Chastain
3. Janet McTeer
2. Melissa McCarthy
1. Octavia Spencer


4. Albert NobbsThis film highlights the great talent of both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer who both give such amazing performances in this film. The story itself meanders along and isn’t as poignant or interesting as one would hope it could be. They do manage to show the various class differences between men and women in late 19th Century Ireland and come to completely understand why the main character has made some of her choices over the years. The story drags on a bit too much and it might have been much better had it been shortened a bit. The makeup is superbly done.
3. The ArtistVery good movie in a year that didn’t have many amazing movies, but not much more than that.
2. BridesmaidsCan’t remember the last time I laughed so hard during a movie. Wiig and Rudolph created the perfect blend of raunch and rom-com which doesn’t come off as just trying for the cheap jokes. Amazingly funny cast deliver the goods. I love Wilson-Philips songs!
1. The HelpSuch an enjoyable film because it feels so authentic. The characters are all developed really well and we easily can believe everything that happens. The cast is superb with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer both standing out in their roles. Gives a unique and fascinating perspective on life in the South during these difficult days where people would do things that seemed very hypocritical because on the one hand they would look down on their ‘help’ yet entrust their lives, children and households to these very same people who they supposedly despised in public. One of the best films of 2011. Davis was robbed of her Oscar!

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  OS was superb in this role and was quite deserving of this award. She had some tight competition, but her performance was the most powerful of the 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 2011

  1. Everyone, but Bejo deserved to be solidly in the mix in this category. McCarthy stole the show in Bridesmaids, but it ain’t easy getting Oscared in a comedy. McTeer was excellent (as was her nominated cast mate Glenn Close) and I thought Chastain as the loving, but ostracized bottle blonde wife in The Help had far more layers to play with her character than Spencer did with hers – and in a rare case of double nominees NOT canceling one another out – I guess “Eat my shit!” put Octavia over the top. As for “snubs” – the most egregious (IMO) was no nom for Shailene Woodley from “The Descendants”, along with Evan Rachel Wood from “The Ides of March” – and from “The Help” – Spencer & Chastain’s fellow actresses – (future winner) Allison Janney and Bryce Dallas Howard – both of whom did fine work in this film as well.

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