THE CONTENDERS: Best Supporting Actress

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9/19 Thoughts: Word is Judi Dench is a player to watch for as the mother of “J. Edgar.” If I had my druthers, Robin Wright and her extremely limited screen time but pitch-perfect embodiment in “Rampart” would get a good look. The question in this category, though, is whether Jessica Chastain will get through for SOMETHING or just watch from the sidelines.

Good bets:
1. Vanessa Redgrave, “Coriolanus”
2. Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Other possibilities:
3. Judi Dench, “J. Edgar”
4. Keira Knightley, “A Dangerous Method”
5. Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”
6. Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”
7. Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
8. Sandra Bullock, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
9. Evan Rachel Wood, “The Ides of March”
10. Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”

Dark horses:
11. Carey Mulligan, “Shame”
12. Jessica Chastain, “Take Shelter”
13. Andrea Riseborough, “W.E.”
14. Vanessa Redgrave, “Anonymous”
15. Naomi Watts, “J. Edgar”

The rest of the field:
Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing on the Yemen”
Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”
Marion Cotillard, “Midnight in Paris”
Judy Davis, “The Eye of the Storm”
Judi Dench, “My Week with Marilyn”
Elle Fanning, “Super 8”
Elle Fanning, “We Bought a Zoo”
Gina Gershon, “Killer Joe”
Bryce Dallas Howard, “50/50”
Bryce Dallas Howard, “The Help”
Anjelica Huston, “50/50”
Scarlett Johansson, “We Bought a Zoo”
Catherine Keener, “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”
Anna Kendrick, “50/50”
Mélanie Laurent, “Beginners”
Amara Miller, “The Descendants”
Chloe Moretz, “Hugo”
Emily Mortimer, “Hugo”
Charlotte Rampling, “Melancholia”
Rachael Stirling, “Salmon Fishing on the Yemen”
Stephanie Szotak, “We Bought a Zoo”
Juno Temple, “Killer Joe”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Salmon Fishing on the Yemen”
Lea Thompson. “J. Edgar”
Marisa Tomei, “The Ides of March”
Mia Wasikowska, “Albert Nobbs”
Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Emma Watson, “My Week with Marilyn”
Emily Watson, “War Horse”
Kate Winslet, “Contagion”
Reese Witherspoon, “Water for Elephants”
Robin Wright, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Robin Wright, “Rampart”