Oscars 2022: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

Veteran winners vie for Oscars with newcomers in a crowded field. (Constantly updated.)

At the fall film festivals, the long list of possible Supporting Actress nominees has been narrowed down a bit.

Some of Oscar’s perennials are looking for an extra nod. Among the actresses competing for their second Oscar, including Dame Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”), the caretaker of her husband Ciaran Hinds in Kenneth Branagh’s 1969 tribute film “Belfast” (Focus), Marlee Matlin, who became the winner of the Best Actress Award in 1987 for Randa Haines’s “Children of a Lesser God” and now plays the deaf mother of a deaf child in the award-winning film. Sundance “CODA” (Apple TV+), only Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator,” “Blue Jasmine”) received a SAG nomination, for playing a fine psychiatrist who teamed up with con man Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight), and also shines in the star-studded supporting cast in Adam McKay’s Comet Comedy “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix).

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in “Passing.”


Seeking her second nomination is SAG contender Ruth Negga, who burst onto the scene in the racial drama “Loving,” and played a woman trying to get through as white in the hit Sundance by Rebecca Hall “Passing” (Netflix).

Looking for their first Oscar mention: SAG Ireland and candidate Caitriona Balfe married Protestant Jamie Dornan in writer-director Kenneth Branagh’s family drama “Belfast” (Focus) ; Critics Choice nominee Aunjanue Ellis plays Brandi Williams, mother of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard”; Jessie Buckley is the young Olivia Colman in “The Lost Daughter” by Maggie Gyllenhaal (Netflix); Rebecca Ferguson is the conflicted, powerful mother of Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides in the sci-fi epic “Dune” (Warner Bros.); SAG and Critics Choice nominee Kirsten Dunst is married to the brother (Jesse Plemons) of a freak rancher (Benedict Cumberbatch) who sabotaged her in “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) ) by Jane Campion; and respected Emmy Award winner Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), along with her three main cast members, are competing in the sub-category for the “Mass” (Bleecker Street) actors showcase. Dowd received a Critics’ Choice nomination.

Also vying for their first Oscar nods is Broadway veteran Olga Merediz as the woman in Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Miranda (Warner Bros.’s “In the Heights.” ) and Ariana DeBose as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” update, the Oscar-winning role for Rita Moreno in the 1961 classic. Moreno could return, but this time in competition with DeBose, the Critics Choice nominee who took home the Golden Globe Award and earned a SAG spot.

The Oscar nominees are listed in alphabetical order; No one was considered a frontrunner until I watched the movie.

Jane Campion with Kodi Smit-McPhee and Kirsten Dunst.


The one who went first
Caitriona Balfe (“Belfast”)
Ariana DeBose (“Western Tales”)
Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)
Ruth Negga (“Pass”)

Cate Blanchett (“Nightmare Alley”)
Judi Dench (“Belfast”)
Ann Dowd (“Mass”)
Rita Moreno (“Western Tales”)

Long shot
Haley Bennett (“Cyrano”)
Jessie Buckley (“The Lost Daughter”)
Rebecca Ferguson (“Dunes”)
Hunter Kathryn (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)
Marlee Matlin (“CODA”)
Olga Merediz (“In the Heights”)

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