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!
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.
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!!