For the 2nd year running, we have a double nominee in the Favorite Supporting Actress category. Last year, it was Emily Blunt who went on to win the award after being nominated in both Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods. This year, Rachel McAdams has earned the double honor, and double the chance of winning it big. The 5 nominated actresses listed below all gave great big performances in their smaller roles. Read on to find out which one was my favorite!
and the Nominees Are:
The role of Daisy Domergue is a daring and difficult endeavor for any actress to undertake, but Jennifer Jason Leigh does an extraordinary job as this diabolical, doomed damsel. She transforms from a character that you can sympathize for into one that you can comfortably despise. For good measure, Leigh even shows off some of her singing talent.
Lilly gives a pleasant and memorable performance as Hank Pym's daughter Hope in Ant-Man. She's not just your typical romantic interest. She injects humor and heart into the film as she helps train the new Ant-Man, Scott Lang. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty excited to see her suit up herself in the sequel.
Rachel McAdams provides a sensitive and empathetic side to the investigation of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church in the movie Spotlight. She gives us a relatable character who helps us engage with the victims, while being a strong independent woman herself. She's thoroughly convincing as a go-getter journalist who seeks the truth.
This much-too-brief role in Southpaw still gives Rachel McAdams enough opportunity to absolutely shine. She is the heart and soul of the movie, and is her husband Billy Hope's rock. *SPOILER ALERT* When Maureen is killed early on, Billy falls into an almost-endless spiral of self-destruction and despair. Even with a 1st round exit, McAdams still packs one impressive punch!
Nicole Kidman remains rather reserved throughout most of Secret in Their Eyes, yet her turn in one pivotal scene in the movie, which saw her interrogating the suspected murderer of her colleague's daughter, landed her right on this list. Nicole portrays herself as an adept and honorable assistant district attorney, even amidst so much injustice.
And the Winner Is...
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(The Hateful Eight)
Best Supporting Actress
In my mind, this is a pretty easy win for Jennifer Jason Leigh, who is just on another level with her performance as Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight. She's a difficult character to watch, in part because she's ruthlessly beaten throughout the movie by multiple male characters, but also because she reveals herself to be a sick, psychotic woman. It's an unflattering and difficult role, to be sure, but Leigh owns it and makes Daisy one of Tarantino's most memorable characters to date.