OSCARS 2015: Know Your Nominees: Best Supporting Actress

2015 Best Supporting Actress KYNIn the days leading up to the 87th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Patricia Arquette

Arquette KYNNominated for: Playing the divorced mother with crappy taste in men in Boyhood.

Other awards for this role:

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, 2015 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Austin Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Denver Film Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Detroit Film Critic Society, US.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Film Club’s The Lost Weekend Award.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Houston Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Supporting Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, New York Film Critics, Online.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, North Texas Film Critics Association, US.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Won, Best Actress, Seattle International Film Festival.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, St. Louis Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Village Voice Film Poll.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

Arquette comes from a storied acting family. Her films include Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream WarriorsTrue Romance, and Ed Wood. In recent years, she has worked primarily in television, starring in MediumBoardwalk Empire, and the forthcoming CSI: Cyber.

History with Oscar:

This is Patrica Arquette’s first Oscar nomination.

Laura Dern

Dern KYNNominated for: Playing the mother of Reese Witherspoon’s character in Wild.

Other awards for this role:

None at press time.

Where you might know her from:

Dern also comes from an acting family–her mother is Diane Ladd, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Bruce Dern, an Oscar nominee last year for Nebraska. You might have seen her in Jurassic ParkWild At Heart or Citizen Ruth.

History with Oscar:

This is Laura Dern’s second Oscar nomination.

1992: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Rambling Rose (Lost to Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs)

Keira Knightley

Knightley KYNNominated for: Playing a British cryptographer working on the Enigma code in The Imitation Game.

Other awards for this role:

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Supporting Actress of the Year, Hollywood Film Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Knightley is most famous for her work in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but she has also appeared in Domino, Anna Karenina, and Atonement.

History with Oscar:

This is Keira Knightley’s second Oscar nomination.

2006: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Pride & Prejudice (Lost to Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line)

Emma Stone

Stone KYNNominated for: Playing Michael Keaton’s character’s ex-drug addict daughter in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Emma Stone seems poised to compete with Jennifer Lawrence as America’s Sweetheart/Most Popular Movie actress for years to come. She has appeared as Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man reboot, Easy A, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

History with Oscar:

This is Emma Stone’s first nomination.

Meryl Streep

Streep KYNNominated for: Playing the Witch in Into the Woods.

Other awards for this role:

None.

Where you might know her from:

Streep is one of the most decorated actresses in movie history. If you’ve seen an Oscar nominated film in the last thirty years, odds are you’ve seen her in it.

History with Oscar:

Meryl Streep has 18 previous Oscar nominations and three wins. If you need to have a pee break or get a snack, you should probably do so now. Getting through this list is going to take a while.

1979: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Deer Hunter (lost to Maggie Smith, California Suite).

1980: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Kramer vs. Kramer (Won).

1982: Best Actress in a Leading Role, The French Lieutenant’s Woman (lost to Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond).

1983: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Sophie’s Choice (Won).

1984: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Silkwood (lost to Shirley McLaine, Terms of Endearment).

1986: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Out of Africa (lost to Geraldine Page, A Trip to Bountiful).

1988: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Ironweed (lost to Cher, Moonstruck).

1989: Best Actress in a Leading Role, A Cry in the Dark (lost to Jodie Foster, The Accused).

1991: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Postcards from the Edge (lost to Kathy Bates, Misery).

1996: Best Actress in a Leading Role, The Bridges of Madison County (lost to Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking).

1999: Best Actress in a Leading Role, One True Thing (lost to Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love).

2000: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Music of the Heart (Lost to Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry).

2003: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Adaptation (lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago).

2007: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, The Devil Wears Prada (lost to Helen Mirren, The Queen).

2009: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Doubt (lost to Kate Winslet, The Reader).

2010: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Julie & Julia (lost to Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side).

2012: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, The Iron Lady (Won)

2014: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, August: Osage County (Lost to Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine)

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