There could be a lot of co-stars competing in the supporting actress race this year, as discussed by Variety’s Awards Editor Clayton Davis and Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley.
Both Aunjanue Ellis and Saniyya Sidney shine as mother and daughter in “King Richard,” while “Belfast” features stellar supporting turns from both Caitriona Balfe and Judi Dench as daughter-in-law and mother-in-law, respectively. Adam McKay’s comedy “Don’t Look Up” offers a bevy of supporting contenders, including Meryl Streep as the president, Cate Blanchett as a slick TV host and Ariana Grande as a pop star. “The Lost Daughter” features both Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley as struggling mothers from different eras while in “Mass,” Ann Dowd and Martha Plimpton play mothers who are tied together by tragedy.
There are two actors in “West Side Story” earning buzz who are linked — Ariana DeBose is earning raves for her turn as Anita while the actor who won an Oscar for that very role, Rita Moreno, is also garnering acclaim for a new part in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation.
Also contending for the prize are Marlee Matlin, a previous best actress winner for “Children of a Lesser God,” playing the mother of a hearing child in “CODA,” and previous nominee Ruth Negga as a woman with secrets in “Passing.” Kirsten Dunst is likely to earn her first, long-overdue nomination for her role as a fragile wife and mother in “The Power of the Dog” while Nina Arianda is garnering attention for her take on Vivian Vance in “Being the Ricardos.”