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81st Academy Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
Penélope Cruz’s fierce, funny performance is a personal triumph, and voters do love giving this award to Woody Allen actresses. Marisa Tomei’s stripper is the most heartbreakingly nuanced performance in the movie, while Rosemarie DeWitt was criminally overlooked as the exhausted “normal” sister of “Rachel.”
  • Will win
    Penélope Cruz,
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • Should win
    Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

  • Shouldn't be here
    Amy Adams, Doubt

  • Was robbed
    Rosemarie DeWitt,
    Rachel Getting Married

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
I could have gone with Marisa Tomei for her shrewd body language, Viola Davis for her gravity while facing down Meryl Streep’s impersonation of the Joker, Taraji P. Henson for her enlivened sidestepping of an archetype, or even Amy Adams for her latest variation on vestal purity. But I picked Penélope Cruz not because she did anything new (she squawked and bleated in “Blow,” too) but because her performance gave drama and soul to an increasingly shallow comedy.
  • Will win
    Penélope Cruz,
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • Should win
    Penélope Cruz,
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • Shouldn't be here
    Amy Adams, Doubt

  • Was robbed
    Hiam Abbass, The Visitor