Previous Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Michelle Williams plus potential first-timer Naomie Harris lead our Best Supporting Actress contenders for the 2017 Oscars. Davis (“Fences”), Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”), and Harris (“Moonlight”) are all current Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominees and are the favorites according to our latest Gold Derby rankings set by 27 Oscar Experts with their predictions. The top 15 contenders are now featured in our revised photo gallery (view above).
Davis is in our top spot with 13/8 odds for playing the long-suffering wife of a Pittsburgh garbage man, a role that has already brought her a Tony Award on Broadway. She has previous Oscar nominations as Best Actress for “The Help” (2011) and Best Supporting Actress for “Doubt” (2008). A total of 24 Experts are predicting her to win this year.
Williams has 4/1 odds in the second position for playing a New England wife and mother. She has two prior lead nominations for “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Blue Valentine” (2010) plus another in supporting for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005). A total of three Experts are predicting her victory.
Harris is in third place with 5/1 odds for playing a crack-addicted mother in Florida. An Academy Awards nomination this month would be her first.
Nicole Kidman has 15/2 odds in our fourth spot for her true life role in “Lion” as an adoptive mother in Australia. She is a previous Oscar winner as Best Actress for “The Hours” (2002). Her other lead nominations were for “Rabbit Hole” (2010) and “Moulin Rouge!” (2001).
Octavia Spencer also plays a real-life person in “Hidden Figures” as a NASA worker in the early 1960s. She has 10/1 odds for fifth place. She is a past Oscar winner in this same category for “The Help” (2011).
In sixth place is Greta Gerwig with 40/1 odds for her role as a feminist photographer in 1979 for “20th Century Women.” She has never been nominated at the Oscars before.
Others in our photo gallery: Janelle Monae (“Hidden Figures”), Felicity Jones (“A Monster Calls”), Molly Shannon (“Other People”), Elle Fanning (“20th Century Women”), Margo Martindale (“The Hollars”), Helen Mirren (“Eye in the Sky”), Lily Gladstone (“Certain People”), Gretchen Mol (“Manchester by the Sea”), and Sigourney Weaver (“A Monster Calls”).
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