The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Ok, everybody here we go with the Nominees for Best Supporting Actress! These are the ladies who elevated the films they were in, in spite of the limited screen time their characters received. Though they didn’t have a leading role, the audience couldn’t help but take note!

Click through to check out the field of nominees!

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Amy_AdamsAmy Adams
“The Master”

As the ambitious, protective wife of “The Master” Lancaster Dodd, Adams’ Peggy Dodd is the film’s Lady Macbeth. Manipulative, conniving, calculating, and stern, Adams is the cold, hard to please matriarch of the cult of “The Cause”. Typically known for her sweet charm and likeable characters onscreen, “The Master” represents a welcome, different side of Adams’ talents.

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Judi_DenchJudi Dench
“Skyfall”

Career nod? Perhaps. For years, Dench has been elevating the calibre of the Bond franchise with her dignified, determined, tough as nails “M”, and “Skyfall” may just be her best turn yet. In the face of personally targeted terrorism, “M” is forced to weigh the consequences and costs of her methods. Dench allows us all to see how it weighs on “M”‘s soul, without stopping her from carrying through with her sworn duties.

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Sally_FieldSally Field
“Lincoln”

Field gives a feisty performance as Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife and confidant of the President. In private, she grieves over the loss of their child and offers counsel, and in public she supports her husband with her sarcasm and sharp wit. Field adds a spark to the film whenever she’s onscreen, but particularly in her thinly veiled hostilities with her co-star Tommy Lee Jones’ character.

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Anne_HathawayAnne Hathaway
“Les Misérables”

I think that anyone who sees it will wind up being moved by Hathaway’s soul-stirring rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”. Thin, shorn, dirty, frail… Hathaway reaches deep down in order to deliver an emotional, plaintive, unforgettable song. So strongly does she communicate her character’s plight that it establishes empathy not only for her character, but for every character that follows in the film.

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Maggie-SmithMaggie Smith
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

There was a lot of great acting on display in “Best Exotic”, but none of the characters had a greater arc than Smith’s. She begins the film as a helpless, curmudgeonly racist, then simultaneously softens and strengthens before our eyes, until finishing the picture as a warm-hearted, valued contributor to the staff. That Smith can take us along with us on that journey is a credit to her talent.

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Well, there you have it! The Best Supporting Actress Nominees for 2012!

What do you think, did I get ‘em right? Were you impressed by anyone I failed to mention? Any of these ladies listed that you don’t feel is worthy of the honor? Which of them would you pick as the winner?

Let us hear it!

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60 thoughts on “The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Supporting Actress Nominees

  1. Well, I’ve only seen 2 of these, and of those 2 I think Dame Dench gave a better, more powerful performance, but not by a lot. Sally Field’s performance was certainly nothing to sneer at, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear the words “You Like me!” once again echoing off the roof of the Dolby Theater, but I think Judi Dench’s role was powerful and poignant and a great cap on her career, and the Academy might also be so inclined.

  2. Believe it or not, the only film I have seen here is Skyfall! Heehee…so I vote for Dench. But I loved her anyway.

    Other candidates of the “(not very well known) Livi Awards” would be Chelsea Handler (This Means War), Rihanna (Battleship), ScarJo (Avengers), Biel (Total Fudgefest), Mila Kunis (TED Who Lives At Home AND smokes pot), and as someone already mentioned – Maggie Grace (Lockedoutofyourfridge, actually I liked that movie, it was some plain good fun for a Saturday night).

    KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m incredibly biased and I can’t think of a single decent female performance other than the ones you laid out here, because I rarely enjoy actresses trying to be all deep and blah blah blah. Lay off with the makeup and I might believe you once in a while. 2011 now, that was the year of Rooney Mara (fondly referred to as the Audreybot), and Elizabeth Olsen in that creepy film with millions of M’s. THAT was a cool year for girls. Oh, both those characters, were, er, taken advantage of, sorry, take that back.

    Women should have decent roles besides victims of atrocities or bombshells, don’t you think? But then Hollywood would have to hire someone ugly, god forbid…

    Sorry, that comment was really really long! I’ll shut up now. Great rundown as always, Fogs!

    • Wow. Glad I chose not to go with Nicole Kidman now for “The Paperboy” LOL. :D

      It was a tough year for the supporting actress category in my opinion. Most films have trouble coming up with one solid female role, let alone two :( I didnt make it that way. Just is how it is.

      At least you’re at no shortage of actresses you love to hate! Thats fun, right? :D

  3. Hathaway. And I haven’t even seen it. But I’ve seen several versions of Le Miz and I know how emotional the part of Fantine is. I also know Hathaway can sing up a storm and that this was the last role her mother did before giving up the stage to raise her kids.
    Didn’t care for “Best Exotic..” and you know what an Anglophile I am. I think Dame Judy will be over looked because all “Bond” is routinely over looked. It was a case of miscasting to cast “Gidget” as Mrs. Lincoln. Process of elimination, isn’t that the way the Academy works?

    • No, Im pretty sure they dont work anything like that.

      Dench just secured a BAFTA nom at least, so thats nice. Happy for her. Surprised you didnt like Best Exotc, it was a really sweet film.

      All that said, Hathaway is a heavy favorite here, just because that performance WAS so powerful. :D

  4. Again, the only one I’ve seen is Dench in Skyfall. She was great but I’d like to think that Amy Adams (one of my favourite actresses at the moment) could take this award.

    • She could. I think for the Oscars and whatnot, its going to be a tough year, going against Hathaway… she’s a juggernaut. LOL

      Meanwhile, she was great in The Master though. Definitely a darker role for her!

    • Yeah, I know you’re high on that film… I enjoyed it, but I didnt think she was that remarkable. She was fine. And fun.

      But she’d be a lead actress anyways. She was the lead in that one. ;)

      • Who said anything about me being high and when are you gonna put down that sword and pick up a rifle on xbox ;-)

        I am gonna have to go with Hathaway then but in TDKR not Les Mis. Just cause I liked her leather body suit.

      • Word on the street is Scarlett Johansson is pretty awesome in Hitchcock have you seen that yet?

        also enjoyed her “acting” in The Avengers ;-)

      • LOL. I DID see Hitchcock, yes, and Johansson was fine. I didnt think she was anything spectacular though.

        She was really good in the Avengers actually. I just watched that again the other day and her sceens are great. I especially liked her squaring off against Loki…

      • Heheh. Oh shit. Those guys copped out.

        I dont know. They’re such hardasses, who are they trying to impress? If you wanna leave out the steroid guys, find some other worthy candidates, will ya? Geez!

  5. Maggie Smith is a brilliant actress. That said, I vote for Judy Dench. Anne Hathaway is turning out to be a far more versatile actress than I ever expected and that is a very good thing.

    • I know, right? Who would have thought that when she was doing like, “The Princess Diaries” and whatnot? LOL. She’s become quite the A List actress. This role is only going to solidify that.

  6. I haven’t seen enough of these (2 out of 5) to vote but I want to voice my approval for the NeHi Grape Leg Lamp (statuette or limbette?) that I presume is the FMR award! Nice nod to Jean Shepard and the Christmas Story crew.

  7. Having not been able to see Les Mis yet, my vote is on Dench. From what I hear though Hathaway stands a very high chance of taking this one. The Dark Knight Rises was a mini-revelation for me in terms of appreciating her and I’ve very quickly become quite a fan of Anne Hathaway!
    Amy Adams is cool but I don’t think her role can stand up to the other two I’ve mentioned.

  8. I probable silent vote for Judi Dench… she been a very good M for a long time and I can’t really hold her performance above past Bond films. I can’t vote for Hathaway, simply because she has the same haircut on that picture as I did in 6th grade. I’m excited to see Lincoln and all the buzz around these performances. If I had seen it by this point, my guess is my view would be for Field… Just got the urge to watch Smokey and the Bandit.

    • LOL @ your ragging on Hathaway’s haircut… Her character had to sell her hair for FOOD man! For her BABY! LOL :D

      I love Lincoln, it was great. But I think Id rather watch Smokey and the Bandit again, too. :D

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  10. Sending all my support over to Dench. She’s been a huge part of the Bond franchise and Skyfall was a fantastic swansong for M and her role in Bond. Not seen any of the other films, sadly, but my educated brain says “yeah, they’ll do” for them all ;)

  11. Hi, Fogs and company:

    Great choices, my friend!

    For the longest time, I’ve been trying to find another or other characters to associate with Dame Dench’s ‘M’. Outside of Helen Mirren’s long running Inspector Tennyson and Beryl Reid’s Oxford Doyenne and ‘Russia Watcher’ Connie Sachs from the original BBC mini series “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'; the candidates were close, but not a snug fit.

    Then Cinemax’s “Strike Back” rolled around. With two strong, assertive and driven Commanding Officers. Colonel Eleanor Grant wondrously brought to hard as nails life by Amanda Mealing. And her post KIA replacement, Major Rachel Dalton, basically a younger, more clever and devious Grant, played by Rhona Mitra.

    Dame Dench’s ‘M’ could easily have been their prototypes in the 1970s and 80s.
    Doing dirty, deniable things in faraway places at the behest of the Queen. And in
    ‘Skyfall’, Dame Dench is allowed to reveal how that wears on the body. And soul.

    • Oh yeah? Strike Back is good then? I dont watch it, but I know the show of which you speak. I havent checked it out though.

      There’s been kind of a wave of spy shows on cable now with Homeland and Strike Back and Hunted… I havent caught any of them, LOL

      You’re right about Dench though, she really conveys that weariness, yet manages to keep her chin up. She’s been great in the Bond series, I’m going to be sad to see her go :(

  12. I was hoping Maggie would get an Oscar nod for “Best Exotic”. I loved her in it. But when I finished watching Les Miserables, I made the statement that “They should just hand the Oscar to Anne Hathaway and that is who I am voting for.

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