The Real Reel Oscar Wishlist: Best Supporting Actress

We are halfway through with November and less than a month away from the Golden Globe nominations. For you movie amateurs out there, the Golden Globe nominations are usually a preview of how the SAG and Oscar nominations will pan out. So with that, I bring you a new edition of the Oscar wish list in the form of 5 Best Supporting Actresses, for your consideration:

Penelope Cruz
Film: Nine
# of Oscar Nods: 2
# of Oscar Wins: 1

Why we think she should be considered: Because she’s proven time and time again her versatility and phenomenal talent. She’s the defending “champ” in this category and with her role in Nine she may very well succeed herself.

Judi Dench
Film: Nine
# of Oscar Nods: 6
# of Oscar Wins: 1

Why we think she should be considered: Truthfully, in my eyes she can do no wrong. Maybe it’s the accent or maybe it’s the fact that I love her as M in all the 007 movies. I can almost predict to the tee though, that Nine will garner her 7th nomination.

Natalie Portman
Film: Brothers
# of Oscar Nods: 1
# of Oscar Wins: 0

Why we think she should be considered: She’s all grown up and if you thought her role as a pathological liar in Closer was Oscar worthy, wait till you see her as a young mother torn between two brothers in the Jim Sheridan film, Brothers. Although her role is a lead role, her chances are better in the supporting category and my gut tells me that the studio will promote her as such.

Melanie Laurent
Film: Inglorious Basterds
# of Oscar Nods: 0
# of Oscar Wins: 0

Why we think she should be considered: Leave it to Tarintino to find a diamond in the rough. Her portrayal as Shoshanna Dreyfus, a vengeful projectionist who escapes being captured by Nazis is beyond stellar. The scene with her and Christoph Waltz at the table…epic. If the Academy doesn’t remember her come nomination time, well….it may lose some credibility.

Mo’Nique
Film: Precious
# of Oscar Nods: 0
# of Oscar Wins: 0

Why we think she should be considered: There are alot of things I am not sure about except for this: Mo’Nique is the one to beat in this category. Put all politics aside and call a spade a spade because there is no other performance this year that is as real and gritty as Mo’Nique’s portrayal of Mary in Precious.

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