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Monday, February 22, 2016

88th Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress

The nominees are:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Role: Daisy Domergue, a prisoner being transported to be hanged for her crimes as part of the Domergue gang, who has a secret plan to escape her fate.

Oscar History: first nomination

Rooney Mara, Carol

Role: Therese Belivet, a shopgirl and aspiring photographer who falls in love with an older, married woman from whom she ends up separated by circumstance and the attitudes of the day.

Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Actress for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Role: Sasha Pfeiffer, a reporter for the Boston Globe whose steadiness and quiet compassion helps survivors of abuse within the Catholic Church feel safe to tell their stories.

Oscar History: first nomination

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Role: Gerda Wegener, a Danish artist and the wife of Einar Wegener, the first person publicly known to have had sex-reassignment surgery, whose true self is discovered while posing for Gerda's paintings.

Oscar History: first nomination

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Role: Joanna Hoffman, the right hand to Steve Jobs through several phases of his career and the one person who can tell it to him like it is and make him actually listen.

Oscar History: 1 win for Best Actress for The Reader (2008); 5 previous nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Iris (2001), and for Best Actress for Titanic (1997), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), and Little Children (2006)

What I've Seen: Carol, The Hateful Eight, Spotlight, Steve Jobs

My Pick: Rooney Mara, Carol

Not Nominated, But Should Have Been: Joan Allen, Room

Predicted Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

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