BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Berenice Bejo in The Artist Jessica Chastain in The Help Melissa Mccarthy in Bridesmaids Janet Mcteer in Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer in The Help You can still thank everyone on Youtube, you know: Winning a nomination for a comedic role is a victory in itself for Mccarthy. Nevertheless, the Academy needs to get over its tiresome prejudice against the art of laughter. Though Mcteer has been here before ( a 2000 best actress nom for
Tumbleweeds), the respected Brit is up against a who- the- heck- is- she? factor that just won’t quit.
Deserves to win, but won’t: Even if you think the whole silent, black- and- white thing is an all- out gimmick, there can be no denying
The Artist was all the better for the irresistible positivity with which Bejo attacked her role. Chastain has emerged from nowhere in the past year to become one of the best in the business. Should really have been up for best
actress for Tree of Life.
And the winner is . . . Octavia Spencer. Looks almost a formality that The Help will be landing the Actress daily double. The redoubtable Spencer dominated every scene that came her way. She not only held firm in some tough dramatic moments, but also dispensed the film’s muchneeded doses of light relief. Unbeatable.