The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress

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Alright, alright.

The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress!

These ladies each gave an excellent performance in a film in a supporting role. They may not have been the leading ladies, but they each found a way to shine with the roles they had.

The nominees are: Bryce Dallas Howard, “The Help”, Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”, Octavia Spencer, “The Help”, Evan Rachel Wood, “The Ides of March”, and Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”.

Click through to find out who won!

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SHAILENE WOODLEY – “THE DESCENDANTS”

Woodley is a relative newcomer to the big screen. She’s been acting since she was small, but her IMDb credits are mostly tv roles. You wouldn’t guess it by the job she does here, that’s for certain. She seems like an old pro.

As Alexandra King, she plays a young girl faced with losing her Mother after she suffers a serious boating accident. She also has to reconnect with her distant father (Clooney). Along the way, she acts out a bit, brings her boyfriend along, and gives her sister some advice.

Sounds relatively mundane, no?

Well, just like the movie itself, the strength of Woodley’s performance here is its believability, its authenticity. “The Descendants” isn’t far fetched or over dramatized… It’s a movie that draws on genuine emotion, hits huge humor beats when you don’t expect them, and then gets fantastic performances from its stars.

Including Woodley.

I’m certain that detractors would say that it’s not a big stretch for a teen girl to play a teen girl. And perhaps it’s not. But it’s definitely something when she constantly hits the pitch perfect note. The exact tone needed, the perfect emotional stance. She plays off of Clooney sooo well, they were fantastic together. There’s never a moment when you think you’re watching an actress, you’re always watching a girl going through an ordeal, growing up, and growing closer to her dad.

Like Clooney, Woodley brings a lot of personality to the table, too. She’s definitely charismatic and funny, and it’s easy to believe she’s a whip-smart young girl quick to tell it like it is. In some moments she seems wise beyond her years, in others, she seems like a foolish kid. You’ll invest in her character wholeheartedly, and thereby share in the triumphs and tragedies that she and her family go through.

The other ladies were great, too. Howard made you hate her, she was certainly one of the best villains of last year. McCarthy was an unstoppable force in Bridesmaids, she practically dared you not to laugh. Evan Rachel Woods gave a really dynamic performance in “Ides”, holding her own amongst some genuine heavyweights, and Spencer brought great levity to “The Help”.

But no one knocked me out like Woodley.

Your 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress.

What do you think everyone? Did I botch this one? Make the right call? Did you want to see someone else in the field? Let me hear it!! :D

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26 thoughts on “The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress

  1. I think this might be the only category I’m a bit blah on and not fussed. So I will say, Good Choice Mr. Fogs! Supporting up and comers and all that jazz.

    • Thanks. Yeah, it was kind of a hard field to round out. Although there’s like six people from “The Help” that could have been elligble. :D

      Woodley is awesome though, I hope she makes smart choices for herself with her roles, she may have a really bright future ahead!

  2. I can’t say too much here since I’m revealing this award later today, but what I can say is Woodley was great, as were most of the other nominees. As hard as I’ve been on Bridesmaids, I will admit to liking McCarthy.

  3. For me this pick rings true as the catalyst for Clooney’s character to actual face his competition in this film is Woodley’s role which she performs as Fog states in an authentic, wise beyond her years way. Others in this category are great but merely parts of an ensemble vs an instigator to drive the story. “You really don’t have a clue do you?” – Alexandra King

    • Isn’t that line/moment fantastic? So awesome.

      You can totally see a teen girl throwing that in her Dads face like that. You could feel how bad it would cut, too. She was so good here.

      Glad you agree!! Glad others have seen this great flick, too.

      • hahaha. I’ve had other friends drive out there. El Paso is only a 30min hwy drive (if I’m in the driver’s seat that is, haha) and they often have tons more films so I wouldn’t blame ya. i go out there from time to time.

        in my city, there are 3 theaters owned by 1 movie theater company, and since the distribution companies choose which theaters get the films and when, we often get overlooked when it comes to “not-so-big releases.” So, El Paso is the next often chosen option!

  4. If there’s one thing Hollywood gave us in 2011 it would be: an even greater helping of even shittier movies. Every year people always say/write “20XX was a great year for movies!” No one can credibly say that about 2011. What a bunch of shit we got fed. The best movies of the year were really mediocre, but people like them because the bad ones were even worse than usual. I hope 2012 gives us some better fare, but it probably won’t. Our downward spiral into oblivion will continue.

  5. I totally agree. I’m from Hawai’i and she remind me of a couple Punahou friends of mines. Even tho, she didn’t go to Punahou, but she would totally fit in. Anyway, I digress. She did a great job of being an angry teenager without being obnoxious. Yes, there were times where I wanted to smack her and yell out, “Eh, Ohana (family) first!” That only shows what a great actress she is…she drew me in.

    • Sweet!

      Hoping you circle back on this one…

      Was it cool seeing Hawaii’s suburbs on film? I felt like we were seeing a part of America we’ve never gotten to see before. If we ever see Hawaii its always some beach or resort or something…

      • The film was very true to Hawai’i life. It’s funny because in the beginning, I can see my house. It’s pretty cool, in that dorky sorta way. Ever thing, except for the realty company, is real. The hospital, street names, everything…it was cool.

      • Sweet!

        Thats a great movie to have a “dorky” connection to.

        Could be worse. You could be pointing out your house in “Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son” or something. :D

  6. I’ve only seen the Descendants on this list and have a small issue with the movie, but I can’t discount the acting in this film. Top notch performances all around and I agree with you that Woodley was excellent. It can’t be easy playing off Clooney and holding your own when sharing the screen. Good choice.

  7. Haven’t seen The Descendants yet! So many movies I still have to check out the next couple weeks… In any case, I’ve heard great things about Woodley’s work in the movie and she seems to be the option of the five.

  8. If we assume that Clooney is one of the best actors working today, which he is, then anyone who can stand beside him in a film from beginning to end deserves some praise. Which means someone who can out-pace him on occasion as well deserves even more praise. Woodley’s amazing here. Please, Ms. Woodley, please star in more things that aren’t The Secret Life Of the American Teenager.

    • Yeah, I dont know, is that show bad… like some Disney channel cookie cutter crap foistered on the youth… or an MTV hyper scandal fest or something?

      No idea.

      I’ll echo the wish she goes on to great things though, definitely.

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