Oscars 2015: Meet the Best Supporting Actress nominees

Patricia Arquette, Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern are vying for the best supporting actress gong at the 87th annual Academy Awards

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are in. Here’s who will be battling it out for the Best Supporting Actress award… 


Patricia Arquette

Film: Boyhood

Oscar history: Arquette is no stranger to awards season but this is her first Oscar nomination.

Patricia Arquette stars in Richard Linklater’s much-hyped coming-of-age film, which was shot over a 12-year period, from May 2002 to October 2013. She plays single mother Olivia in the surprising movie, opposite Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane. She’s already won best supporting actress at this year’s Golden Globes, which is always a good indicator of who will pick up the prize on the night…

Keira Knightley

Film: The Imitation Game

Oscar history: She was the third-youngest actress ever to be nominated for a best actress gong, for her role as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice.

Knightley stars alongside fellow nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, based on the troubled life of WWII code-breaker Alan Turing. The Atonement and Pirates of the Caribbean star plays fellow code-breaker and Turing’s close friend Joan Clarke. Knightley’s performance has inspired rave reviews from critics, but she’s missed out on the top awards before. Could this be Knightley’s year?

Emma Stone

Film: Birdman

Oscar history: Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe this year for the same role, but this is Stone’s first Academy Award nomination

Up for her role in Birdman, Emma Stone would certainly make for a popular Oscar winner. The Crazy Stupid Love, Magic in the Moonlight and Amazing Spiderman star plays Sam Thomson, Riggan’s (Michael Keaton) daughter and assistant in the movie about a troubled Hollywood actor.

Meryl Streep

Film: Into the Woods

Oscar history: Streep currently holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations, having been nominated 19 times. She’s won three statuettes.

Meryl Streep is an Academy Award regular. It really doesn’t feel like awards season unless she’s gracing the red carpet. This year she’s up for her role as the Witch in the big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

Laura Dern

Film: Wild

Oscar history: Dern was nominated for best actress in 1991 for Rambling Rose

2014 was a big year for 47-year-old Laura Dern. The actress starred in The Fault in Our Star, When the Game Stands Tall, 99 Homes and Wild. The latter is the reason she’s now up for an Academy Award. Dern acts opposite Reese Witherspoon in the film, telling the real-life story of Cheryl Strayed who hiked more than a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail alone after a divorce and the death of her mother.


The winners will be announced on February 22nd