Best Actress in a Supporting Role 2015

Updating Sept. 6, 2015

amyryan_bridgeofspiesSupportive-wife alert!


Drafting… stay tuned!

dakotajohnson_blackmassDakota Johnson as she appears in the second trailer for Scott Cooper’s Black Mass


With Sundance winner James White apparently getting an awards campaign, can Cynthia Nixon break through to an Oscar bid? And Cate Blanchett may pop up here, depending on how Sony Pictures Classics handles its slate this year.

Kate Winslet as she appears in the trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs


My official predictions include only performances in films set for distribution in the United States. The process of guessing who will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment (or a tweet) that addresses any relevant concerns.

Predicted Nominees

  1. Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight (more)

  2. Diane Ladd for Joy (more)

  3. Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs (more)

  4. Jane Fonda for Youth (more)

  5. Elizabeth Olsen for I Saw the Light (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Helena Bonham Carter for Suffragette (more)
  2. Anne-Marie Duff for Suffragette (more)
  3. Rachel Weisz for Youth (more)
  4. Sarah Paulson for Carol (more)
  5. Isabella Rossellini for Joy (more)

Other Possibilities

  1. Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Concussion (more)
  2. Meryl Streep for Suffragette (more)
  3. Elisabeth Röhm for Joy (more)
  4. Virginia Madsen for Joy (more)
  5. Dascha Polanco for Joy (more)
  6. Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria (more)
  7. Rachel McAdams for Spotlight (more)
  8. Julie Walters for Brooklyn (more)
  9. Amy Ryan for Bridge of Spies (more)
  10. NEW!!! Cynthia Nixon for James White (more)
  11. Phylicia Rashad for Creed (more)
  12. RETURNING!!! Helen Mirren for Trumbo (more)
  13. Kristen Wiig for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (more)
  14. Naomi Watts for About Ray (more)
  15. Susan Sarandon for About Ray (more)

Long Shots

  1. Jessica Chastain for Crimson Peak (more)
  2. Dakota Johnson for Black Mass (more)
  3. Jacqueline Bisset for Miss You Already (more)
  4. Elizabeth Banks for Love and Mercy (more)
  5. Angela Bassett for Chi-Raq (more)
  6. Deanna Dunagan for The Visit (more)
  7. Jessica Chastain for The Martian (more)
  8. Kristen Wiig for The Martian (more)
  9. Amber Heard for The Danish Girl (more)
  10. Alicia Vikander for Tulip Fever (more)
  11. Judi Dench for Tulip Fever (more)
  12. Jennifer Hudson for Chi-Raq (more)
  13. Mélanie Laurent for By the Sea (more)
  14. RETURNING!!! Robin Wright for Everest (more)


  • Joan Allen for Room (more)
  • Jessica Barden for Far from the Madding Crowd (more)
  • Vanessa Bayer for Trainwreck (more)
  • Cate Blanchett for Cinderella (more)
  • Alexis Bledel for Jenny’s Wedding (more)
  • Rose Byrne for Spy (more)
  • Olivia Cooke for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (more)
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi for Miles Ahead (more)
  • Linda Emond for Jenny’s Wedding (more)
  • Elle Fanning for Trumbo (more)
  • Mamie Gummer for Ricki and the Flash (more)
  • Naomie Harris for Southpaw (more)
  • Miranda Hart for Spy (more)
  • Eve Hewson for Bridge of Spies (more)
  • Dakota Johnson for A Bigger Splash – Arrives May 2016
  • Felicity Jones for True Story (more)
  • Keira Knightley for Everest (more)
  • Diane Lane for Trumbo (more)
  • Brie Larson for Trainwreck (more)
  • Charlotte Le Bon for The Walk (more)
  • Kate Mara for The Martian (more)
  • Rachel McAdams for Southpaw (more)
  • Parker Posey for Irrational Man (more)
  • Rene Russo for The Intern (more)
  • Tilda Swinton for Trainwreck (more)
  • Juno Temple for Far from the Madding Crowd (more)
  • Alicia Vikander for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (more)

In Limbo

I regard these performances as ineligible at the moment, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules or their not being ready, or b) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. But as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  1. Katey Sagal for Bleed for This (more)
  2. Ellen Barkin for Hands of Stone (more)
  3. Nicole Kidman for Genius (more)
  4. Kristin Scott Thomas for Suite française (more)
  5. Meg Ryan for Ithaca (more)
  6. Tilda Swinton for Hail, Caesar! (more)
  7. Scarlett Johansson for Hail, Caesar! (more)
  8. Frances McDormand for Hail, Caesar! (more)
  9. Emayatzy Corinealdi for Miles Ahead (more)
  10. Rachel Weisz for The Light Between Oceans (more)
  11. Rachel Weisz for The Lobster (more)
  12. Vanessa Redgrave for The Secret Scripture (more)
  13. Susan Strasberg for The Other Side of the Wind (more)
  14. Lilli Palmer for The Other Side of the Wind (more)
  15. Kaitlyn Dever for The Greens Are Gone (more)


  • Felicity Jones for A Monster Calls – Hits next year
  • Emma Roberts for I am Michael (more)
  • Lesley Ann Warren for I am Michael (more)
  • Sigourney Weaver for A Monster Calls – Hits next year


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