DouBleB’s 2012 Oscar Picks – “Actress in a Supporting Role”

Just got my rejection email for E3, it’s a hot event and I’m new to the game, so I guess I’ll have to wait until next year. It’s disappointing that I can’t go, buuuuuut I live in LA, and there are conventions and nerd gatherings of all sorts around here. There is plenty for me to do.

Today’s category is “Supporting Actress”, in order to help my research I decided to watch “The Help” tonight, which boast 40% of the nominees in the category thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. It’s actually playing on the screen right in front of me, right now. Tell me, is anything going to happen in this movie?

Disclaimer: I have not seen every single one of this year’s nominated movies, and I probably won’t for reasons that I don’t want to waste my time watching shit that was manufactured  just to get Oscar consideration (I’m looking at a specific movie involving two former Oscar winners). It’s not like I watched every bowl eligible college football team before making my picks. If you don’t like it you can file a complaint here.

For my other picks go to my Oscar Picks Hub.

Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”

Bejo’s performance as Peppy Miller is in every way just as important to the story as Jean Dujardin’s portrayal of George Valentin for which Dujardin was nominated for Actor in a Leading role. Bejo and Michel Hazanavicius, director of ‘The Artist’ have been married since 2006, when they met on the set of [amazon_link id=”B001APM44O” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies[/amazon_link]. She is not “brand new” to American films as many may have thought, because she did have a part in [amazon_link id=”B003DF4582″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]A Knight’s Tale[/amazon_link], starring the late Heath Ledger.


Jessica Chastain in “[amazon_link id=”B005J6LKVI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Help[/amazon_link]”

Chastain is considered by many to be one of the major breakout stars this year. She had important roles “The Help” and “[amazon_link id=”B005HV6Y5W” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Tree of Life[/amazon_link]”, which are both nominated for Best Picture. Her first feature film role was less than four years ago, although she had been acting in TV since 2004, with her most recognizable role being in [amazon_link id=”B000E8JO2S” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Law and Order: Trail by Jury[/amazon_link] as Assistant District Attorney Sigrun Borg.


Melissa McCarthy in “[amazon_link id=”B005CHTXY0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Bridesmaids[/amazon_link]”

Every scene McCarthy is involved in throughout Bridesmaids belongs to her. A lot of times a character like hers can overpower the scene to the point of annoyance, but when she is in her groove it is most welcome.


Janet McTeer in “[amazon_link id=”0143122525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Albert Nobbs[/amazon_link]”

McTeer has been a powerhouse in British and American television since 1985. I have never ever heard of her until I saw the nomination. But I have seen [amazon_link id=”B005Q4CKJY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Velvet Goldmine[/amazon_link], for which she does the narration.


Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

Octavia Spencer is “that actress you’ve seen 100 times but don’t know who she is”, her IMDb resume actually lists 95 titles, including tv shows. In “[amazon_link id=”B004SF68KE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Being John Malkovich[/amazon_link]”, she’s the lady in the elevator who asks John Cusack “7 and 1/2 right?” She’s also the check-in girl in [amazon_link id=”B000UR9T82″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Spider-Man[/amazon_link], Constance Grady on [amazon_link id=”B00005JPII” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ugly Betty[/amazon_link], and the bank co-worker in “[amazon_link id=”B002JT69IM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Drag Me To Hell[/amazon_link]”. Yes, that means she has been in at least TWO Sam Raimi movies.


 DouBleBs Oscar Picks   Animated Feature Film

It’s DouBleB Oscar Pick numero cinco for The Artist. Melissa McCarthy was oh so close to getting the pick, but like I said, Bejo’s role was so critical to the films success.