Vikander, Winslet wow

For the Actress in a Supporting Role category, there are many standouts.

Nearly all of the women nominated did a stellar job, but of course, only one can win.

Below, I have listed the nominees in order of least powerful to most unforgettable. I am not basing my list on any previous wins or recognition, but purely on my reactions to their respective films.

Normally, there are a couple nominations that do not make sense. This year, there is only one, when Rachel McAdams portrayed journalist Sacha Pfeiffer in the film, “Spotlight.”

While she does a perfectly good job, she did not have a stand out moment that set her apart from the rest of the cast. Not one, anyway, that stood out to me.

McAdams is almost always a consistently good actress, but I was a little let down by her lack of emotional depth and the weakness of her character development.

Overall, the movie was terrific, and she was a part of that machine that fearlessly defeated conspiracy, I just wished that she could’ve shined more.

Rooney Mara, who played Therese Belivet in the phenomenal movie, “Carol,” was so beautifully naïve in the movie. Her lack of worldly knowledge as a young woman played effortlessly against Cate Blanchett’s older woman, Carol Aird.

While she had some emotional ups and downs, she was just not as good as the other nominees. That should not take away, however, from how well she did in this film.

After being robbed for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” she cemented her place as an actress to watch out for.

Jennifer. Jason. Leigh. She was so good in “The Hateful Eight.” At first, I was shocked that she was nominated. I had always enjoyed her in the projects she had done, but never saw her as the Oscars type.

I was proved wrong. I was proved so wrong in the first five minutes. She had me hooked onto every word she said for the entirety of the film. Any interactions she had with other characters were often the best interactions in the entire movie.

Kudos to Leigh for being awesome.

The last two women on this list are in a dead heat for first place. Kate Winslet and Alicia Vikander both churned out stellar performances that have the ability to leave an entire theater breathless.

Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Steve Jobs’ right-hand woman in the film “Steve Jobs” was so powerful. On the other hand, Vikanders’ turn as Gerda Wegener in “The Danish Girl” was so beautifully tragic, that even I, who hated that movie, would watch it again just to relive her story.

The two women were so evenly matched as masters of their craft, that the only way to decide who I think will win is to base it on past work.

Simply put, Winslet has an Oscar, and now it’s time for Vikander to shine.

I would be remiss, however, if I neglected to mention that Emily Blunt was snubbed for the second year in a row for her brilliant role as Kate Mercer in the film “Sicario.” For some reason, the Academy just won’t acknowledge her enormous talent.

What it all comes down to is who was the best of the best. In my opinion, Vikander and Winslet are interchangeable.

I would like to see Vikander win though, if for no other reason than to pay her back for being snubbed for her role in “Ex Machina.”