Sorry all of you Boyhood fans, but this is one Best Supporting Actress list that doesn’t include that film’s Patricia Arquette. Those in the business of predicting who Oscar voters will nominate have Arquette as not only a sure thing to make the cut but also as the eventual winner in the Best Supporting Actress category. And while she was terrific in that film, I was more impressed by the performances of other actresses in 2014 theatrical releases.
Top 10 Best Supporting Actresses
1. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
2. Noomi Rapace – The Drop
3. Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer and The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Kelly Reilly – Calvary
6. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
7. Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
8. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
9. Emma Stone – Birdman
10. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Honorable mentions: Georgina Haig (The Mule), Adriana Barraza (Cake), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), and Laura Dern (Wild).