Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Narrowing the Field
Arquette has won every award minted or printed for her poignant performance as the mother of the boy in Boyhood. Why should that stop now?
How do you ignore Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) or Rene Russo (Nightcrawler) or Kim Dickens and Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)? Did Streep really need her 900th nomination? What about Carmen Ejogo, superb as Coretta Scott King in Selma? Oh, wait, she's black.
It's a kick to see Stone dig into a role worthy of her talent. She'll get more.
Should and Will Win
Arquette. She's shattering in the scene where she sends her son off to college. 'Nuff said.