Oscars: The Case of Hong Chau in The Whale

Hong Chau’s performance as the blunt and compassionate caretaker to Brendan Fraser in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale is next up in my Case Of posts for the Supporting Actress hopefuls.

The Case for Hong Chau:

After being surprisingly left out of this race five years ago for Downsizing, Chau nabs her first nomination. It caps off a 2022 that includes an acclaimed role in The Menu. Significant precursor mentions include BAFTA and SAG.

The Case Against Hong Chau:

Significant precursor omissions include the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. If voters honor The Whale, a victory for Brendan Fraser (who won at Critics Choice) is a far likelier. Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) is a frontrunner due to previous podium trips.

Previous Nominations:


The Verdict:

Chau was certainly on the bubble for even making this quintet. Supporting Actress has seen a couple of upsets in the 21st century, but Chau would need BAFTA or SAG to realistically put a win on the menu. I wouldn’t count on it.

My Case Of posts will continue with Brian Tyree Henry in Causeway!

For the other posts covering Supporting Actress, click here:

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