The best actor/actress nominations are brimming with both young talent and some legendary names. But rarely does it happen that the supporting cast nominees get equal attention. This is the year where we’ve seen some stellar performances on the sidelines and here’s a tribute to them.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards)


You have to watch the movie to understand how there’s no black and white in this world. We’re al grey and that’s how we shape up our worlds too. Acting brilliance from both gents had us floored.

Mary J Blige (Mudbound)


The singer-songwriter who is up for an Oscar for Best Original Song (for “Mighty River”) is also nominated for her restrained and touching performance as Florence Jackson, the matriarch of a Southern sharecropping family who sends her son off to war.

Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World)


He replaced Kevin Spacey in the movie, following sexual harassment accusations, and within three weeks of shooting delivered a masterclass. Typical.

Allison Janney (I, Tonya)


If there was Blige’s warm motherly character in Mudbound, this was a show of sheer abuse, one that a violent mother inflicts on her children. Certainly not too gain the love of the child.

PS: This is what a winner looks like.