Best Supporting Actress – 1981

Official Nominations: Maureen Stapleton. Melinda Dillon. Joan Fonda. Joan Hackett. Elizabeth McGovern.

There’s nothing this year I’d genuinely pick from the official nominations – a problem this category has had for years. I’m not a huge fan of any of the films and I don’t feel any of the performances are particularly worthy. I think Elizabeth McGovern is the most memorable, so lets go with her.

My Winner: Elizabeth McGovern

sybbie-crawley: Elizabeth McGovern as Evelyn...

My Nominations: Dee Hepburn. Virginia Hey.

I have to play fast and loose with the rules this year to find anything I’d really like to nominate here. I’m sure there are other options, but these were the only two which felt right to me. Deep Hepburn is the titular Gregory’s Girl and is perhaps more accurately described as the lead actress, but the film is more about Gregory’s awkward interaction with various girls as he pines for the mysterious Dorothy. It’s a charming film and a good example of how to do a British Rom Com the right way, with Hepburn making an immediate, enigmatic impression.

Then we have Virginia Hey as The Warrior Woman in The Road Warrior. Is there enough here to warrant an Oscar nomination? Probably not, but as a proto version of the later Sarah Connor and Aliens-era Ripley, she certainly ticks all the boxes while also being one of those characters who stuck in my memory at a young age.

My Winner: Virginia Hey.

A controversial year then. Or a crap one. Let me know your picks in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Best Supporting Actress – 1981

  1. John Charet December 16, 2021 / 4:29 am

    Great post 🙂 I would probably go with your choices 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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