Among the nominees for “Best Actress in a Supporting Role,” only Octavia Spencer has been nominated previously, twice in this category. This is only the fourth time in the Academy’s history that two African American actresses were nominated in the same category. Your chance to rank your favorites using our Rank it poll below.
The 2018 nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Mary J. Blige as Florence Jackson in “Mudbound”
This is Blige’s first nomination.
Allison Janney as LaVona Harding in “I, Tonya”
This is Janney’s first nomination.
Lesley Manville as Cyril Woodcock in “Phantom Thread”
This is Manville’s first nomination.
Laurie Metcalf as Marion McPherson in “Lady Bird”
This is Metcalf’s first nomination.
Octavia Spencer as Zelda Fuller in “The Shape of Water”
This is Spencer’s third nomination. Her previous Oscar nominations were playing characters of woman encountering discrimination in both “The Help” and “Hidden Figures.” She won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in “The Help” (2012).