It’s mid-October and although New York has been enjoying an unseasonably mild fall, Mother Nature is trying to deceive us that Oscar season is not fully upon us, BUT IT IS! And even the said-to-be-sparse Supporting Actress category is beginning to be piled up with potential nominees. All of them brilliant, I’m happy to say.
I know one thing for sure. There are three actresses whose shots are better than others. First I’m going to start off with the least known of them. The beauteous British actress Juno Temple, who is playing a full-tilt Brooklyn bombshell, Carolina, on the lam from the mob, because she was a “canary”, in Woody Allen’s new wonderful “Wonder Wheel” which I just saw as the closing night feature at the New York Film Festival. And is opening in December.
Always one to honor his actresses of choice with great roles that become them, I say Temple gets in, because of the same thing happened to another little known Britisher Sally Hawkins. When she co-starred in Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” with the soon-to-be Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, every Academy member WATCHED THAT SCREENER, and saw how marvelous Hawkins was as Jasmine’s working class, comforting sister. The same thing will happen to Juno Temple, too. They’ll tune in to see Kate Winslet’s tour-de-force and they’ll see Temple knocking out it of the ball-park, too.Whatever they think of the film, Temple is getting Oscar-buzzed praise. And you know that Oscar LOVES ingenues.
Much-buzzes, too, is recent Tony winner for Best Actress Laurie Metcalf. Super superb as Saoirse Ronan’s put-upon Mom in Great Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.” Metcalf is having a banner year with the Tony win for “Doll’s House, Part Two” on Broadway and is now actually having a juicy, sympathetic screen role as the frantic nurse practitioner mother of wayward teenager Lady Bird.
Because Metcalf is such a beloved industry figure, having won multiple Emmys as Roseanne’s sister on “Roseanne,” she really has the edge here. And her role as Lady Bird’s Mom has got Oscar written all over it. This is the kind of part that Metcalf has never really had before on film. AND she’s never even been nominated before! Believe it or not.
It’s definitely a heart-tugger of a role. No matter what you think of Lady Bird’s wacky behavior, you LOVE her Mom.
And in my previous post, I delineated the outstanding performance Oscar winner Melissa Leo gives in “Novitiate” as the strictest Mother Superior nun in screen history. Read that post to see WHY you can’t count out Leo this year.