I keep reading that 2012 was a weak year for supporting actresses. This is based on the critics groups and precursors rallying around the same six or seven performances en masse. It’s also a gross misrepresentation of the year in film.
The way I came about these best of lists this year was to list every possible performance I thought could be worthy of an award for their work. Supporting Actress had over 30 performances listed before I had to start paring down the list to make a best of list seem doable. Then I saw another eight films that added an extra dozen potential nominees to the long list.
2012 was not weak for Supporting Actresses. 2012 was so full of excellent performances that people began rallying around the names they knew rather than dive into every possibility. That can happen when you’re overwhelmed.
This is the category that made me create a big rule for all the 2012 lists. A single film or a single performer can only take up one of the Top 6 slots. Otherwise, I could have easily filled the entire list with, say, Cosmopolis to make a point. I didn’t.
Here are the Best Supporting Actresses of 2012. Asterisk indicates VOD release.
- Samantha Barks, Les Miserables
- Ann Dowd, Compliance
- Salma Hayek, Savages
- Jessica Lowndes, The Devil’s Carnival*
- Sarah Silverman, Wreck-It Ralph
- Rebel Wilson, Bachelorette*