Looking at 2013 you can get to a perfect conclusion: What a year it was for film. I’m talking about quality films, about directors who worked on some of the best material they’ve had in years, about actors giving it all to their characters and populating our imagination.
When February 2014 came, and the nominations were out, we stood in awe at the ones left out: Thompson, Hanks, Redford and many more. But the ones in are no less deserving. The members of the Academy must have been scratching their heads thinking which ones of the extraordinary talents should be left out of the list. In a perfect world, they would have had to accommodate people who should also be recognized, opening the 5-nominee standard to 7 or 8, but, as some people say: “Hey, it’s just the Oscars”, so we won't lose much sleep over it. I'm sure Emma Thompson isn't.
The next best thing in a film are their supporting actors (sometimes stealing scenes from the leads). This year Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts and June Squibb have been around in every major award event, like they belonged to a family (or the same film). Roberts is the star and more experienced one in the group, Lawrence the youngest and also recipient of last year's Best Actress award. Hawkins is finally recognized by Hollywood, Squibb is enjoying a late blooming career and Nyong'o scores it high with the first film to her credit.
Some have already predicted that Lupita will end up rising over Lawrence, as if this was a 2-nominees competition, and even if it seems like it is a race, out of respect to the thousands of professionals in the industry let's just call this a celebration, and the winner would be the bearer of the trophy that every one of these fabulous actresses deserves with enough merits.
There's always the misconception about what the academy is really rewarding? The actress or the character? An actress whose career we follow (or one who is just in the beginning but gets all our attention), or the well created character unfolding on the screen? Well, if the actor did a great job, we should not find a difference (or are you going to tell me you can differentiate Anthony Hopkins from Hannibal Lecter?).
So, let's just cut to the chase and review the five nominees for best actress in a supporting role.