A Lead Actor and a Supporting Actor? Or 2 Lead Actors (CREDIT: Jonathan Hession/Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.)

Every awards season, there’s a bit of discussion revolving around certain movie performances that straddle the line between Lead and Supporting roles. Sometimes, actors are blatantly submitted in the wrong category, perhaps to avoid competition with a co-star, or because of perceived lack of competition with other movies. And other times, it’s not always easy to say for certain which category is the right one. So I’m here to offer my assessment! It’s a little late this year, seeing as the Oscar nominations have already been announced, but I still felt like chiming in.

(Feel free to chime in with your own takes on this topic if you have any.)

-Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Inisherin: Both Lead
-Michelle Williams in The Fabelmans: Supporting
-Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan in She Said: Both Lead
-Everyone besides Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once: Supporting
-Everyone in Women Talking: Supporting

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