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84th Academy Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
As good as Spencer is, I'll go out on a limb here and declare that McCarthy deserves it for creating a great and complete comic character. She can't win, of course. Chastain might have had a shot if they'd nominated her for the right movie (and if anyone had seen it).
  • Will win
    Octavia Spencer, The Help

  • Should win
    Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

  • Shouldn't be here
    Jessica Chastain, The Help

  • Was robbed
    Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
Each woman brings her movie alive. Melissa McCarthy plays less a person than a bunch of broad gags, but they're funny. Spencer achieves something almost more spectacular than Davis does. She invests her stock character with all the comedy, decency, wariness, and outrage she can. And despite one embarrassing scene, she refuses to let you forget her.
  • Will win
    Octavia Spencer, The Help

  • Should win
    Octavia Spencer, The Help

  • Shouldn't be here
    None

  • Was robbed
    None