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  • montana82
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    I was searching the web trying to find some lists ranking the supporting actress winners and was struggling to find some consensus as to what are the best supporting actress wins of all time.  I feel like a lot of the gimmicky wins seem to be ranked the highest (IE. the child actors Patty Duke and Tatum O’Neal who were pretty much leads of their films and in mostly every scene) or one hit wonders like Linda Hunt who played an Indonesian dwarf and coincidentally…looks like an Indonesian dwarf.  I even see Bea Straight making top ten’s for showing up for 5 minutes and yelling like a maniac in an underdeveloped role. Or someone like Marcia Gay Harden who while deserving, well I can’t finish Pollock with a gun to my head.

    Blah!  don’t agree with those at all.  In fact some of the most criticized supporting actress wins of all time are some of my favorites!

    My favorites in no order:

    Comedic perfection and totally rewatchable
    Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost
    Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny
    Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters/Bullets Over Broadway
    Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Baby
    Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor
    Judi Dench, Shakespeare in Love
    Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck

    Mysterious/Intriguing/Luminous
    Vanessa Redgrave, Julia

    Terrifying/Heartbreaking
    Mo’Nique, Precious
    Meryl Streep, Kramer vs Kramer

    Gorgeous layered scene stealer/ the “Heart” of their film
    Geena Davis, The Accidental Tourist
    Jessica Lange, Tootsie
    Juliette Binoche, The English Patient

    Musical
    Rita Moreno, West Side Story

    Legendary Oldies
    Hattie McDaniel, Gone with the Wind
    Sandy Dennis, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff?
    Jane Darwell, The Grapes of Wrath
    Shirley Jones, Elmer Gantry

    The others I either haven’t seen, are not particuarly rewatchable, not too impressive, or still too new to digest.

    What are your favorites?

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    KyleBailey
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    My favorites would be in no order:

    Lupita Nyong’o
    Anne Hathaway
    Octavia Spencer
    Monique
    Jennifer Hudson 
    Cate Blanchett
    Reene Zellweger
    Catherine Zeta Jones
    Judi Dench 
    Dianne West  
    Anna Paquin
    Mercedes Ruehl
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Dianne West (again)
    Jane Darwell

    It’s alot of the newer ones because I am still trying to buff up on my before 1970’s movies  

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    FilmGuy619
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    I would say Mo’Nique is the best winner of the category overall. But some other great ones I like are Anna Paquin, Meryl Streep, and Beatrice Straight. Straight may have had 5 minutes of screentime in Network, but she KILLED it. 

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    jez89
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    Rachel Weisz for “The Constant Gardener” would definitely be up there. Phenomenal performance which seems to have been unfairly criticised on these boards. Also a big fan of Kim Basinger in “LA Confidential”- another one which does not seem to have held up too well over time.

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    BrokenFan
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    LOL I’m in so much trouble for this, but Melissa Leo in ‘The Fighter’ is among my favorite. Haters can exit to the left! Ms. Leo Buh-rought it and the performance and the role was just too entertaining to not like. 

    Then I would also include:
    Monique – Precious 
    Meryl Streep – Kramer v Kramer
    Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton
    Jessica Lange – Tootsie
    Vanessa Redgraves – Julia
    Cloris Leachman – The Last Picture Show
    Marcia Gay Harden – Pollock  

     

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    Zayner
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    LOL I’m in so much trouble for this, but Melissa Leo in ‘The Fighter’ is among my favorite. Haters can exit to the left! Ms. Leo Buh-rought it and the performance and the role was just too entertaining to not like.

    No one really criticizes her performance, it’s more the absurd campaigning she did all award season. It was unnecessary and rude to her co-star Amy Adams being in the same category!

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    KyleBailey
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    (And also because Adams was the better performance in The Fighter but Steinfeld was the best) 

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    1. Meryl Streep
    2. Vanessa Redgrave
    3. Dianne Wiest (for both)
    4. Jessica Lange 
    5. Catherine Zeta-Jones 
    love these ones 

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    Cinebear
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    Rachel Weisz for “The Constant Gardener” would definitely be up there. Phenomenal performance which seems to have been unfairly criticised on these boards. Also a big fan of Kim Basinger in “LA Confidential”- another one which does not seem to have held up too well over time.

    I agree with your “unpopular” choices, along with:

    Penelope Cruz
    Sandy Dennis
    Mercedes McCambridge
    Vanessa Redgrave
    Meryl Streep
    Mira Sorvino
    Tilda Swinton
    Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters

     

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    BrokenFan
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    [quote=”Boogawooga”]LOL I’m in so much trouble for this, but Melissa Leo in ‘The Fighter’ is among my favorite. Haters can exit to the left! Ms. Leo Buh-rought it and the performance and the role was just too entertaining to not like.

    No one really criticizes her performance, it’s more the absurd campaigning she did all award season. It was unnecessary and rude to her co-star Amy Adams being in the same category! [/quote]

    lol You obviously weren’t here during the dark days of 1-2 year(s) ago at Goldderby.com.

    But it’s true, her campaign tatics cried of thirst that rivaled Kate Winslet’s and she had the manner of a hillbilly on that stage, but you gotta love Ms. Leo. She knows she might never get it again so she went all out and it’s so cringeworthy and endearing. 

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    (And also because Adams was the better performance in The Fighter but Steinfeld was the best) 

    Yes and no, respectively.  

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    Anthony
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    My favorites (in no particular order):

    Sandy Dennis in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously

    Mo’Nique in Precious

    Marcia Gay Harden in Pollock

    Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton

    Dianne Wiest for both wins

    Maggie Smith in California Suite

    Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

    Vanessa Redgrave in Julia

    Anna Paquin in The Piano

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    Rich Landry
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    My favorites that I have seen:

    1- Dianne Wiest, Bullets over Broadway
    2- Mo’Nique, Precious
    3- Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost
    4- Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind
    5- Melissa Leo, The Fighter
    6- Beatrice Straight, Network  

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    babypook
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    Rachel Weisz; superlative.

    Gale Sondergaard, because she was the first, and a terrific actor

    Hattie McDaniel; way to go Hattie

    Miyoshi Umeki; way to go Miyoshi

    Wendy Hiller; such a great, great actor

    Patty Duke; co-lead, but it’s ok

    Lila Kedrova; she pretty much made that movie for me

    Estelle Parsons; say what you will. I loved her perf

    Ruth Gordon; way to go Ruth.

    Cloris Leachman; love her longetivity and lifetime of great work

    Eileen Heckart; iconic

    Breatice Straight; it aint the size of the role baby but the enormity of the perf

    Maggie Smith; Dame Smith, just keep on trucking

    Mary Steenburgen; delightful!

    Linda Hunt; my favorite gender bender

    Peggy Ashcroft; astonishing, as is Judy Davis

    Dianne Wiest; unforgettable

    Olympia Dukakis; the heart and soul of that film

    Whoopi Goldberg; way to go Whoopi

    Anna Paquin; tell me again about how children cant act?

    Marcia Gay Harden; would love to see her win again

    Catherine Zeta-Jones; what was that about pregnant women being disadvantaged?

    Tilda Swinton; long over due

     

     

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    Here are my top 5…

    1. Shelly Winters (A Patch of Blue)
    2. Rita Moreno (Westside Story)
    3. Shelly Winters (The Diary of Anne Frank)
    4. Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker)
    5. Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerosuly)

     

    Other Honorable Mentions:

    • Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck)
    • Mo Nique (Precious)
    • Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago)
    • Ruth Gordon (Rosemary’s Baby)
    • Hattie McDaniel (Gone With The Wind)
    • Sandy Dennis (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)
    • Cate Blanchett (Aviator)

     

    Shelly Winters gave two UNBELIEVEABLE performances. Should have won her 3rd Oscar for “The Posiden Adventure” in my opinion..

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