How it would all look if I selected the nominees and winners each year!
West Side Story
And the Dickie Award goes to...
Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
Kathryn Hunter, The Tragedy of Macbeth !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (extra special shout-out!)
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Gaby Hoffman, C'mon C'mon
Marion Cotillard, Annette
Martha Plimpton, Mass
Naomie Harris, Swan Song
Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Judi Dench, Belfast
Zazie Beeetz, The Harder They Fall
This is LITERALLY the most competitive I've EVER seen this category, or maybe ANY acting category EVER honestly!!! I LOOOOOVED *every* performance I'm mentioning here, including the honorable mentions; and it was torture to have to select only 5.
But Balfe is the tops for me. Man oh MAN did she bring such vibrancy and heart to that film. Utterly divine work.