Oscars Predictions: Supporting Actress – Emily Blunt and Da’Vine Joy Randolph New Frontrunners?

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Best Supporting Actress

America Ferrera - Barbie

Weekly Commentary (Updated Sept. 28, 2023): Formerly called “The Pot-au-Feu,” IFC is giving “The Taste of Things” a complete push and qualifying run to be considered in all general categories, including best picture. One of the movie’s stars, Juliette Binoche, will be among the actors submitted for her performance as Eugenie, an esteemed cook in late 1800s France. Variety has learned exclusively that she will be submitted for supporting actress consideration for her turn in Trần Anh Hùng’s drama. Binoche is an Oscar-winner for “The English Patient” (1996) for best supporting actress, in addition to receiving a lead actress nom for “Chocolat” (2000).

Da’Vine Joy Randolph is the heart and soul of Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers,” and following the movie placing second for the TIFF Audience Award, I wouldn’t count out the possibility of her becoming a sure-fire way to reward the film (mainly if “Barbie” stays the course in original screenplay).

Netflix confirmed to Variety that Julianne Moore will be submitted for supporting actress consideration for “May December,” she could also be a benefactor of Gladstone’s move.

Actor Sandra Hüller could be the critical darling of awards season with two acclaimed performances in two high-profile international feature contenders, France’s “Anatomy of a Fall” from Justine Triet and United Kingdom’s “The Zone of Interest” from Jonathan Glazer. She’s seeking supporting consideration for the latter.

Hüller is one of the most acclaimed international actors working today. She made her breakout in Hans-Christian Schmid’s “Requiem” (2006), where she won the Silver Bear for best actress, in addition to garnering significant recognition in Maren Ade’s dramedy “Toni Erdmann” (2016). The latter represented Austria for best international feature.

If nominated for “Anatomy” and “Zone,” Hüller would be the first actress to be double nominated for two non-English language performances in the same year.

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The submission deadline for general categories is Nov. 18. Preliminary shortlist voting will begin on Dec. 18, with the results announced on Dec. 21. The voting period will run from Jan. 11-16, with nominations announcement on Jan. 23. The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10.

***The list below is not final and will be updated throughout the awards season.

And the Predicted Nominees Are:

  1. Da’Vine Joy Randolph — “The Holdovers” (Focus Features)

  2. Emily Blunt — “Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

  3. Penélope Cruz — “Ferrari” (Neon) **

  4. Julianne Moore — “May December” (Netflix)

  5. America Ferrera — “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

Next in Line

  1. Carey Mulligan — “Maestro” (Netflix) **

  2. Jodie Foster – “Nyad” (Netflix)

  3. Sandra Hüller — “The Zone of Interest” (A24)

  4. Danielle Brooks – “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.)

  5. Rosamund Pike — “Saltburn” (Amazon Studios)

Other Top-Tier Possibilities

  1. Juliette Binoche — “The Taste of Things” (IFC Films/Sapan Studios)

  2. Taraji P. Henson – “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.)

  3. Rachel McAdams — “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” (Lionsgate)

  4. Viola Davis — “Air” (Amazon MGM Studios)

  5. Niecy Nash-Betts — “Origin” (Neon)

  6. Cara Jade Myers – “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

  7. America Ferrera — “Dumb Money” (Sony Pictures)

  8. Erika Alexander — “American Fiction” (MGM)

  9. Rhea Perlman – “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

  10. Patricia Clarkson – “Monica” (IFC Films)

Also In Contention

  1. Claire FoyAll of Us Strangers” (Searchlight Pictures)

  2. Issa Rae — “American Fiction” (MGM)

  3. Maya Hawke — “Maestro” (Netflix)

  4. Vanessa Kirby — “Napoleon” (Apple Original Films/Sony Pictures) **

  5. Scarlett Johansson — “Asteroid City” (Focus Features) **

  6. Audra McDonald — “Origin” (Neon)

  7. Annie Gonzalez – “Flamin’ Hot” (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures)

  8. Patti LuPone — “Beau is Afraid” (A24)

  9. Florence Pugh — “Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

  10. Jurnee Smollett – “The Burial” (Amazon MGM Studios)

All Eligible Titles (Alphabetized by Studio)**

  • Jodie Comer – “The Bikeriders” (20th Century Studios) **

  • Patti LuPone – “Beau is Afraid” (A24)

  • Parker Posey – “Beau is Afraid” (A24)

  • Amy Ryan – “Beau is Afraid” (A24)

  • Lily James – “The Iron Claw” (A24)

  • Maura Tierney — “The Iron Claw” (A24)

  • Moon Seung-ah – “Past Lives” (A24)

  • Dagmara Dominczyk – “Priscilla” (A24)

  • Hong Chau – “Showing Up” (A24)

  • Julianne Moore – “When You Finish Saving the World” (A24)

  • Sandra Hüller – “The Zone of Interest” (A24)

  • Viola Davis – “Air” (Amazon MGM Studios)

  • Jurnee Smollett – “The Burial” (Amazon MGM Studios)

  • Allison Oliver — “Saltburn” (Amazon MGM Studios)

  • Rosamund Pike – “Saltburn” (Amazon MGM Studios)

  • Annie Murphy – “Fingernails” (Apple Original Films)

  • Janae Collins – “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

  • Tantoo Cardinal – “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

  • Lily Gladstone – “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures) **

  • Cara Jade Myers – “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

  • Vanessa Kirby – “Napoleon” (Apple Original Films/Sony Pictures) **

  • Scarlett Johansson – “Asteroid City” (Focus Features)

  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph – “The Holdovers” (Focus Features)

  • Patricia Clarkson – “Monica” (IFC Films)

  • Juliette Binoche — “The Taste of Things” (IFC Films/Sapan Studio) **

  • Annie Gonzalez – “Flamin’ Hot” (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures)

  • Kathy Bates – “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” (Lionsgate)

  • Rachel McAdams – “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” (Lionsgate)

  • Stephanie Hsu – “Joy Ride” (Lionsgate)

  • Teyonah Parris – “The Marvels” (Marvel Studios)

  • Issa Rae – “American Fiction” (MGM)

  • Tracee Ellis Ross – “American Fiction” (MGM)

  • Tessa Thompson – “Creed III” (MGM)

  • Anne Hathaway – “Eileen” (Neon) **

  • Isabella Rossellini – “La Chimera” (Neon)

  • Jessica Chastain – “Mothers’ Instinct” (Neon) **

  • Anne Hathaway – “Mothers’ Instinct” (Neon) **

  • Tilda Swinton – “The Killer” (Netflix)

  • Myha’la Herrold – “Leave the World Behind” (Netflix)

  • Maya Hawke – “Maestro” (Netflix)

  • Carey Mulligan – “Maestro” (Netflix) **

  • Julianne Moore – “May December” (Netflix) **

  • Natalie Portman – “May December” (Netflix) **

  • Jodie Foster – “Nyad” (Netflix)

  • Audra McDonald – “Rustin” (Netflix)

  • CCH Pounder – “Rustin” (Netflix)

  • Vera Farmiga – “Caste” (No U.S. Distribution) **

  • Niecy Nash – “Caste” (No U.S. Distribution) **

  • Connie Nielsen – “Caste” (No U.S. Distribution) **

  • Marion Cotillard – “Lee” (No U.S. Distribution) **

  • Noémie Merlant – “Lee” (No U.S. Distribution) **

  • Andrea Riseborough – “Lee” (No U.S. Distribution) **

  • Lashana Lynch – “Bob Marley: One Love” (Paramount Pictures) **

  • Kathryn Hunter – “Poor Things” (Searchlight Pictures)

  • Margaret Qualley – “Poor Things” (Searchlight Pictures)

  • Claire Foy – “All of Us Strangers” (Searchlight Pictures)

  • America Ferrera – “Dumb Money” (Sony Pictures)

  • Shailene Woodley – “Dumb Money” (Sony Pictures)

  • Celia Weston – “A Little Prayer” (Sony Pictures Classics)

  • Niousha Noor – “The Persian Version” (Sony Pictures Classics)

  • Penélope Cruz – “Ferrari” (Neon)

  • Emily Blunt – “Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

  • Florence Pugh – “Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

  • America Ferrera – “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

  • Ariana Greenblatt – “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

  • Kate McKinnon – “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

  • Rhea Perlman – “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

  • Issa Rae – “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

  • Adriana Barraza – “Blue Beetle” (Warner Bros.)

  • Belissa Escobedo – “Blue Beetle” (Warner Bros.)

  • Susan Sarandon – “Blue Beetle” (Warner Bros.)

  • Bruna Marquezine – “Blue Beetle” (Warner Bros.)

  • Halle Bailey – “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.) **

  • Danielle Brooks – “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.)

  • Taraji P. Henson – “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.)

  • H.E.R. – “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.) **

  • Olivia Colman – “Wonka” (Warner Bros.)

  • Melissa McCarthy – “The Little Mermaid” (Walt Disney Pictures)

** This official list is incomplete, with all release dates not yet confirmed and subject to change.

2022 category winner: Jamie Lee Curtis, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)

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