June Squibb | Nebraska
So the first Oscar category that myself, Chris, and Ryan will be covering is the Best Supporting Actress. The nominations for this award include; Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), June Squibb (Nebraska), and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County). My choice, obviously from the picture and header, is June Squibb from Nebraska. Sally Hawkins and Julia Roberts were good, but I think that Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence both had stronger performances; however, Lawrence’s character didn’t feel like she belonged to the central story enough to have an impact. Nyong’o, I thought, was the closest runner up with a great performance in 12 Years, but she never really blew me away.
Nebraska was really a movie that surprised me in a good way. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going in, but I left really enjoying the film. I thought Will Forte was awesome, Bruce Dern was great, and even Bob Odenkirk was a nice addition to the cast; but June Squibb really stole the show and was excellent in Nebraska.
Kate is the backbone of the family, and Squibb really delivers the hard but loving mother part well with her witty banter and constant frustration with the men in her family. She played the most serious and rational character in the film, but did not take away from the overall lighthearted feel of Nebraska. I thought Kate was a very well written character, but Squibb really did an outstanding job in this charming support role.