Tuesday, February 4, 2014

AFT Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

This is the fourth category of the 7th Annual AFT Film Awards to be announced. The AFT Awards are my own personal choices for the best in film of each year and the best in television of each season. The AFT Film Awards include the traditional Oscar categories and a number of additional specific honors. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them and drawn from a pool of approximately 100 films. Click here to see previous years of this category.

Honorable mentions:
Margo Martindale (August: Osage County), Maribel Verdu (Blancanieves), Penelope Cruz (The Counselor), Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Allison Janney (Touchy Feely), Mamie Gummer (The Lifeguard), Catherine O'Hara (A.C.O.D.), Amy Poehler (A.C.O.D.), Maggie Siff (Concussion), Patricia Clarkson (The East), Ellen Page (The East), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), Elizabeth Olsen (Kill Your Darlings), Tamsin Egerton (The Look of Love), Anna Friel (The Look of Love), Hiam Abbas (May in the Summer), Nadine Malouf (May in the Summer), Reese Witherspoon (Mud), Alexandra Maria Lara (Rush), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave), Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies), Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back), Julianne Moore (What Maisie Knew), Judith El Zein (What's in a Name?), Teresa Palmer (Wish You Were Here)

Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Valérie Benguigui (What's in a Name?)
Paprika Steen (Love Is All You Need)

The winner:
Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) was magnetic and alluring, and managed to keep her character interesting and centric even when she didn’t have her blue hair to make her stand out.

Other nominees:
Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) owned a movie that could have been dominated by men, playing a game that others didn’t even think she knew existed. Allison Janney (The Way, Way Back) defined comic relief in an already hilarious movie with a nutty, highly consistent turn. Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon) created a “dime” who at first seemed perfect but had layers of selfishness and cruelty buried underneath. Imogen Poots (The Look of Love) played a wonderful tragic character doomed never to be able to step out of her father’s shadow.

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