Golden Globes 2014 Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

In a field of strong supporting performances, who will take the trophy? MTV News shares our predictions.

Saddle up, everyone, it’s awards season and it’s just about time to place your bets. The biggest pre-Oscar shindig, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes, will play out Sunday evening, paving the road for speculation and debate over what will win at the big show in March. We love awards shows for their spectacle (and the Globes especially for their open bar), but we also love them for an excuse to parade our superior guessing abilities over our friends in betting pools.

We assume you do too. We want to help you in your quest for awards betting-pool glory, which is why we’ve been sharing our picks for the win this week. And, of course, the person who wins isn’t necessarily always the person who does win, so we’ve shared our picks for those who’ll probably only be winners in our hearts come Sunday.

This year’s Best Supporting Actress race is about as varied in roles as can be: newcomer Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”), it-girl Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”) and veterans Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County”), June Squibb (“Nebraska”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) will all face off for the statue. Who will ultimately win?

Who Should Win: Nyong’o’s performance in “12 Years a Slave” was moving, memorable and stunning. Her character had few lines and relatively little screentime in Steve McQueen’s movie, but she’s arguably the most memorable supporting character — no easy feat when other small roles are played by the likes of Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.

Who Will Win: Lawrence will likely ride her awards-season momentum from last year, augmented by a tide of praise for “American Hustle,” the latest in director David O. Russell’s recent string of hits. (Could the memory of “Silver Linings Playbook” be any more fresh?) And, there’s a reason that J-Law is being called the newest America’s Sweetheart: everyone loves her. This one’s a clinch for her trophy shelf.

What do you think? Before the awards air on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, be sure to cast a vote for your choice in the Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress race.