When supporters eclipse their leaders
Perhaps the most interesting thing about 2012's award season was how much stock was put into some of the supporting performances. Usually, supporting actors and actresses play second fiddle to the leading characters, and when awards time comes around, it's the Daniel Day Lewises that really get talked about. Last year, it was the opposite. While, yeah, people were talking about the top awards, Best Supporting Actress was probably the most heavily discussed. Admittedly, most of that discussion came down to how good Anne Hathaway was (even if the movie that surrounded her had some pretty serious problems), but shining a spotlight on the people who usually don't get so much spotlight is always a nice thing.
But Anne Hathaway wasn't the only person who gave a damn fine performance. She had some pretty good competition from four other wonderful actresses. So how did she fair in the only award that really matters? Well...
Damn right. There was actually a three-way tie for this our first go around, but after a few fistfights, the As much as we loved Anne Hathaway for what she did, as well as the other three nominees, it was Amy Adams that really deserved this award for her incredible performance in The Master. As the Master's wife and biggest supporter, she was really believably insane, and the quality of her acting was second only to Joaquin Phoenix's, which is saying something, because at almost every turn, someone was giving an amazing performance in that film. While she never really had a shot at the Oscar (nobody from The Master did, possibly because of the bizarre hold Scientology has over much of Hollywood), I was still a little saddened when she and her co-stars didn't pull a coup.
If nothing else, she really deserves something for that scene where she masturbates Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I mean... really, was that necessary?