Along with Eddie Murphy‘s Rudy Ray Moore and Ruth E. Carter‘s costumes, Da’Vine Joy Randolph‘s supporting performance in Dolemite Is My Name is a stand-out. Last weekend I became one of the last journos to finally see Dolemite. Since then there’s been no ignoring that Randolph’s “Lady Reed” is the emotional center — the poignant performance that stays with you. And so I decided to put her on my Best Supporting Actress list. And in so doing I discovered that Awards Daily‘s Sasha Stone, Blackfilm’s Wilson Morales, Gold Derby honcho Tom O’Neil and Variety‘s Tim Gray feel the same way.
There also doesn’t seen to be much doubt that Marriage Story‘s Laura Dern is the leading Best Supporting Actress contender at this stage, and that Hustler‘s Jennifer Lopez is in the first runner-up position.