Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Viola Davis (Fences)
1. Viola Davis (Fences)
One of the more robust categories of the year still has a clear winner. As Rose, a Pittsburgh housewife eroded by her husband's stubborn, ultimately deceitful behavior, Davis dominates Denzel Washington's adaptation of August Wilson's play. A monologue where the actress roars through tears (and snot) makes this win feel inevitable. After two nominations (2008's Doubt, 2011's The Help), I can't imagine anyone will hold Suicide Squad against her.
2. Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Another performance that wrings every drop of observation from a few scenes, Williams plays Randi, who, unlike her ex-husband Lee (Casey Affleck), conquered a harrowing incident from their past. But dredging up the memories shatters Williams a second time in a scene that makes her a potential contender (her fourth nomination after 2005's Brokeback Mountain, 2010's Blue Valentine, and 2011's My Week with Marilyn). If only there were more snot...