June Squibb (‘Nebraska’) gains Oscar oomph, but can she WIN?

Check out our Experts’ rankings above for Best Supporting Actress: The listing on the left is from October 1, while the right-hand side is from November 22. In the past 53 days, June Squibb (“Nebraska“) has jumped from sixth place to fourth, while the opposite fate has befallen Margo Martindale (“August: Osage County“).

As more and more of our Experts catch screenings of these hot Oscar contenders, they continue to update their predictions accordingly. The flip-flopping of Squibb and Martindale may be attributed to the fact that Squibb has a showy, memorable performance in “Nebraska,” while Martindale is forced to play second fiddle to the scene-stealing Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County.”

In recent years we’ve seen Oscar voters go crazy for brassy broads telling it like it is, a role that Squibb embodies as Kate Grant, overbearing mother to Will Forte and wife to Bruce Dern. A few recent Oscar champs that fit a similar type are Melissa Leo (“The Fighter“), Mo’Nique (“Precious”) and Frances McDormand (“Fargo”).

While our Experts collectively think Squibb has a real shot at her first Oscar nomination, she has her work cut out for her if she wants to win. As you can see from the above rankings, the top three Supporting Actress contenders have cemented their positions on our charts. While Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler“) and Lupita Nyongo (“12 Years a Slave“) continue to flip-flop between the #1 and #2 positions, third place goes handily to Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station“).

Like Squibb, Nyongo is a newcomer to the Oscar conversation. Spencer just won a trophy two years ago for her supporting turn in “The Help” (2011), and Oprah was nominated in this same category three decades ago for “The Color Purple” (1985).

Do you think Squibb’s rising momentum will ensure her an Oscar nomination? Make your predictions below and change them later as often as you wish.


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