Best of 2018 – Supporting Actress


As we look back on the year that was I always like to give time to the performances that shaped the year’s films. Over the next few days I’ll be highlighting my favorite work from the four major acting categories. This year was full of fine performances, many from unexpected places. So let’s get to it by starting with the Supporting Actress category.

#5 – Cynthia Erivo (“Bad Times at the El Royale”)

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Amid all the good performances in this pulpy neo-noir crime-thriller Cynthia Erivo shined brightest. She is our most grounded connection to the story and easily pulls the most sympathy. Oh, and lets not forget she gives us some knockout musical numbers.

#4 – Linda Cardellini (“Green Book”)

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She nearly gets lost among the two wonderful central performances, but an argument could be made that Linda Cardellini is the heart of the film. It’s a small role but she never fails to bring a needed warmth to every scene she’s in. She’s just delightful.

#3 – Laura Smet (“The Guardians”)

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 It couldn’t have been easy tackling her role in Xavier Beauvois’ “The Guardians” yet you wouldn’t know it from Laura Smet’s extraordinary performance. She not only nails the physical demands but shows a brilliant knack for conveying so much emotion even within the film’s distinctly quiet framework.

#2 – Claire Foy (“First Man”)

Film Title: First Man

Watching Claire Foy maneuver through the range of emotions her character endures is one of many strengths of “First Man”. She brings things down to earth (bad pun intended) and is a reality check for both her lost and struggling husband and for us. It’s a moving and genuine portrait.

#1 – Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

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She’s winning all of the awards for this category and (in one of those rare instances) the awards circuit is getting it right. You can’t help but be smitten with Regina King. You buy into every moment of her performance portraying a loving and supportive mother who also has a firm foot in the real world. She’s both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

So what did I get right and where did I go wrong? Let me know in the comments section below. Next up – supporting actor.

17 thoughts on “Best of 2018 – Supporting Actress

  1. For me so far…

    1. Regina King-If Beale Street Could Talk
    2. Elizabeth Debicki-Widows
    3. Tilda Swinton-Suspiria
    4. Claire Foy-First Man
    5. Stacy Martin-Vox Lux

    Honorable Mentions: Letitia Wright/Danai Gurai/Angela Bassett-Black Panther, Mia Goth-Suspiria, Laura Harrier/Ashlie Atkinson-BlackKklansman, Tyne Daly-The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Elizabeth Olsen/Zoe Saldana-Avengers: Infinity War, Michelle Pfeiffer/Hannah John-Kamen-Ant-Man & the Wasp, & Michelle Rodriguez/Carrie Coon/Cynthia Ervio-Widows.

  2. I would not be surprised if Linda gets a nomination tomorrow. It may indeed be a small role but there is so much warmth there. Come on, Jacki Weaver got nominated for Silver Linings Playbook lol

  3. Inspired picks! Love seeing Claire Foy up there, she was dazzling. What a tough position to be in as the wife of Neil Armstrong and she just knocks it dead.

    Gosh, I really REALLY need to stop delaying and see Beale Street (already missed The Favorite, Mary Queen of Scots and Green Book — argh!!)

    • “Beale Street” is strong and I loved Regina’s performance. As for Foy, just amazing. I have the “First Man” 4K coming Wednesday. I can’t wait to see it again!

  4. I still need to see Beale Street, but King has been doing great work for years so I’m happy for her. Only movie I’ve seen here is Green Book. I liked Cardellini, but didn’t love her. I did love Michelle Yeoh in Crazy Rich Asians. Despite not being lead, she grounded and dominated every frame of that movie, ominously hanging over every action of all the other characters. Part of it is that it’s written that way, but she brought such gravity to the role when she was on screen she made it work.

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