With five critics groups announcing winners last week (and two on tap for Monday but after this will have posted), only two contenders have earned wins so far: Youn Yuh-jung (Minari) and Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm). They both move up this month.
Frontrunner Amanda Seyfried (Mank) has showed up on some nomination lists and even landed a runner-up mention from Los Angeles, but has yet to claim a win herself. Olivia Colman (The Father) has oddly found herself left off nearly all nomination lists that have heartily welcomed her film and co-star Anthony Hopkins. What to make of that…
Making her debut on the chart this month, at #9, is Candice Bergen in Let Them All Talk from HBO Max. A previous Oscar nominee and multi-Emmy winner, Bergen is a classic supporting scene-stealer in the Steven Soderbergh-directed comedy and has earned some of the best notices of her career.
Here are my ranked 2021 Oscar predictions in Supporting Actress for December.
Green – moves up; Red – moves down; Blue – new entry this month
1. Amanda Seyfried – Mank (Netflix)
2. Olivia Colman – The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)
3. Youn Yuh-jung – Minari (A24)
4. Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix)
5. Ellen Burstyn – Pieces of a Woman (Netflix)
6. Maria Bakalova – Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Studios)
7. Saoirse Ronan – Ammonite (Neon)
8. Helena Zengel – News of the World (Universal Pictures)
9. Candice Bergen – Let Them All Talk (HBO Max)
10. Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian (STX Entertainment)
Other Contenders: Toni Collette – I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix), Olivia Cooke – Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios), Dominique Fishback – Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros), Priyanka Chopra Jones – The White Tiger (Netflix), Natasha Lyonne – The United States vs Billie Holiday (Paramount), Lesley Manville – Let Him Go (Focus Features), Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Paramount Pictures), Talia Ryder – Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Focus Features), Charlene Swankie – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures), Marisa Tomei – The King of Staten Island (Universal Pictures)
Image of Candice Bergen courtesy of HBO Max