Anne Hathaway has been considered the frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar since she was featured singing “I Dreamed a Dream” in the trailer for “Les Miserables,” and her position only seems to have strengthened since, though critics have also singled out the performances of Amy Adams (“The Master”) and Sally Field (“Lincoln”). Is Hathaway unbeatable?
Though she did not win the most prestigious of the film critics’ groups — New York, Los Angeles, and the National Society — for playing doomed prostitute Fantine in the epic musical, she has achieved a clean sweep of the Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards, all strong predictors of Oscar.
This is her second Oscar nomination. She was previously nominated for Best Actress for “Rachel Getting Married” (2008).
She plays Mary Todd Lincoln, the emotionally fragile wife of President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg‘s biopic, for which she won awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics. She was also nominated at Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA, and the Golden Globes, in each case bested by Anne Hathaway.
This is Field’s third Oscar nomination. She won both of her previous bids for Best Actress: for “Norma Rae” (1979) and “Places in the Heart” (1984).
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As a sex surrogate counseling a man paralyzed from polio, she won a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival for ensemble acting. She has since been nominated by Critics’ Choice, SAG, the Golden Globes, and BAFTA for her performance, and she also contends for a Film Independent Spirit Award.
This is her second Oscar nomination. She won her previous nomination: Best Actress for “As Good as it Gets” (1997).
For playing the fanatical wife of a charismatic cult leader, Adams was a favorite of critics, winning prizes from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics, as well as the Chicago Film Critics Association. She also received nominations from Critics’ Choice, the Golden Globes, and BAFTA, though she was overlooked by SAG.
This is her fourth Oscar nomination. She was previously nominated in this category for “Junebug” (2005), “Doubt” (2008), and “The Fighter” (2010).
As the doting mother of a man with bipolar disorder, she has received no individual precursor nominations, though she earned a SAG bid for Best Ensemble.
This is her second Oscar nomination. She was previously nominated in this category for “Animal Kingdom” (2010).