LOS ANGELES — All but Angela Bassett are first-time Oscar nominees, and even she’s a first-timer in that category. But while Bassett seems to have this one locked down, there’s a surprising range of experience among the supporting female nominees, showing that breakout moments aren’t exclusively the domain of the very young.
All will be celebrated during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, which airs live on ABC from 8 p.m. east. And there’s still time to catch their looks before the show.
Here’s a little more about this year’s contenders.
It’s been 29 years since Angela Bassett was last nominated for an Oscar, for her portrayal of Tina Turner in ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’, and although her nomination for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ was widely expected, it still had a profound effect on her. .
“I’m literally sitting here holding my head and holding my heart,” he told the AP the morning of the nomination. “I’m excited, I’m grateful, I’m nervous. I should start journaling.’
Her character, Queen Ramonda, she said, “reflects what mothers have always done, and also a representation of what black mothers have done — keeping families together. Keeping memories, keeping wisdom… That’s what she’s trying to do despite the trauma she’s experienced.”
And her late co-star Chadwick Boseman never left her mind.
“That moment was so special, it was the highlight of my career,” he said. “He certainly started it.”
Notable Wins: Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, Picture Awards.
In Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, Hong Chow plays the best friend and nurse of Brendan Fraser’s obese reclusive professor, his most regular visitor and most powerful caregiver. She desperately, dispassionately urges him to get healthier, to take care of himself.
“I guess I just start dreaming up a character,” Chau told the AP of her process. “I start seeing flashes of something in my head as I’m reading a script in terms of how they look, how they speak.”
In “The Whale”, she requested that her character be tattooed.
“You don’t see them in the film at all,” Chau said. “But every morning I sat down and tattooed both arms and the back of my neck. I don’t think any other production would do that.”
Kerry Condon’s Siobhán figures prominently in The Banshees of Inisherin, as a sort of voice of reason between warring former friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson). And somewhere in the chaos, she comes to her own realization about how she wants to spend the rest of her days — and it’s not with the “boring boring” men of Inisherin.
“I tried to play with the idea of someone hiding how they really feel and that feeling of depression where you feel like you’re on the verge of tears, but you’re hiding it from everyone,” he said in the IndieWire interview.
Accepting the BAFTA award, Condon said Martin McDonagh’s works made her proud to be Irish. McDonagh gave Condon her first major role at 18 in ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ and then in 2009 starred in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’.
McDonagh told the AP that Condon is “the best actress I’ve ever met.”
Notable wins: BAFTA
Stephanie Hsu was a Broadway veteran with few TV credits when she worked with the writing and directing duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for an episode of “Nora From Queens.” After that experience, she said, she followed them to Los Angeles and soon after they told her about their idea for “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” in which she’ll play Michelle Yeoh’s daughter and the villainous Jobu.
“The movie is so special because we couldn’t have expected that to have happened and so we were actually able to throw paint on the wall,” Hsu told the AP. “It came from a very wild place with zero expectations, just trying to tell the story as deeply and honestly as we can.”
He added: “This film, in many ways, embodies what I love to do as an artist. So it feels like the most sincere handshake I could do with Hollywood.”
Notable wins: Film Independent Spirit Award (Breakthrough)
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
Jamie Lee Curtis had given up on the idea that she wasn’t going to be nominated for an Oscar in her career. She was so shocked at hearing her name that she didn’t even notice that her boyfriend had taken a photo of the moment that he would later post on Instagram, writing ‘THIS IS THE SURPRISE’.
But the self-proclaimed baby Nepo entered the same category in which her mother Janet Leigh (for “Psycho”) was nominated. One of the best parts of the experience, Curtis told the AP, was that in the short time since the nominations she has become friends with her candidates.
“Five strangers have become friends,” he said. “That’s the amazing and beautiful part of me making friends through a pageant.”
Notable wins: Screen Actors Guild
For more on this year’s Academy Awards, visit: http://www.apnews.com/academy-awards.