Academy of One: Best Supporting Actress 2018

These are my opinions and feelings. I do not represent the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and I have no power to revoke or award Academy Awards. Consider this an alternate universe, where everything is the same except which movies get recognition and which should fade out. Also, SPOILER ALERT! I may be spilling major details about several films.

As much as I've torn apart the male acting categories and I was brutal to the Best Actress category, I am so very happy with the list I have to work with here. Well, at least I love the actresses I have to play with in this category. Maybe not their roles, though...

Uh-oh. I may be tearing this list apart, too. I guess you'll just have to read on and see how unfeeling I can be with the egos of these actors. Here's the list of nominees as they stand.

  • Amy Adams - Vice

  • Marina de Tavira - Roma

  • Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk

  • Emma Stone - The Favourite

  • Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

This is a crazy deep bench of great actors. Yet, there are several I think were left off unfairly and I have a list of my own to present to you as possible usurpers to any weak spot.

  • Sakura Ando - Shoplifters

  • Elizabeth Debicki - Widows

  • Michelle Yeoh - Crazy Rich Asians

Shoplifters has an incredible cast of misfit characters, but none so engaging as Sakura Ando's Nobuyo. She steals every scene she's in and breaks your heart when she's giving information to the police in one of her last scenes. It's a breathtaking performance.

With movie magic, some actors are manipulated so they appear a different height than they are. That must happen a lot to Elizabeth Debicki because as seen next to her scene partners in Widows, she towers over them with her height and immense talent on full display.

Michelle Yeoh has and can do it all when it comes to acting. She's been in everything and it took playing this incredible character to show off her marvelous talents at their fullest. She's never more poignant or pointed as she is in Crazy Rich Asians.

I think there's one weak link on the original list to supplant with one of my choices. Here's that list again for reference.

  • Amy Adams - Vice

  • Marina de Tavira - Roma

  • Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk

  • Emma Stone - The Favourite

  • Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

I don't think I'm breaking anyone's heart or surprising them by saying the weakest link on this list is Amy Adams. As described before, I feel Vice is a mess of a movie and this role is nothing. Even in the scenes she is supposed to shine in, Amy Adams is secondary to what every single man is doing in the scene. It's a nothing part in a film that has far too much going on to notice her.

So, I'm not going to beat around the bush I will just show you the field as I see it with my addition to the list already plugged into her spot.

  • Elizabeth Debicki - Widows

  • Marina de Tavira - Roma

  • Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk

  • Emma Stone - The Favourite

  • Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

Now, the real question is, is there a regal competitor to take out Queen King? Short answer, no.

All of these performances are superb, but the incredible work of Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk stands out above the rest. She has been so good for so long it's incredible for her to get the opportunity to shine in a role like this.

What I love about this performance more than anything is it's so lived in. King slides away from the screen and we just see Sharon Rivers. She has her personality with each of the members of the family. She nurtures, she loves, she accepts, she fights for, and she puts herself on the line for each and everyone of them.

King's big scene and there are several scenes I could describe here, but the big one, the one that stays with you, is when this incredibly strong woman goes to Puerto Rico to find Victoria, the woman who accuses Fonny of rape. She stays the course despite her doubts and when she finds Victoria, Sharon gives it every shot she has and then pushes further. Her passion and urgency breaking her down in that final moment as she's against the ropes and out of options.

King gives that scene everything she has and it shows in the performance. She leaves it all on the screen and leaves you wanting more. It's an indelible performance in a superb film.

All right, it looks like they’ve started the music. That wraps us up for this edition. So, between now and next time you can find me on Twitter @zyoungs108, you can like my Facebook page @zachyoungswrites, and visit the links on this site to where you can buy my self-published works.

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