But what good is a category if it doesn't have a name? In honor of one of the best supporting actress performances of all time, I will dub this category the...
Rita Moreno Supporting Actress Award! What a mouthful, eh?
And the nominees are...
Marion Cotillard, Nine
For showing Luisa's heartache with voice, expression, and dance.
Rosamund Pike, An Education
For every little micro-touch and nuance she gives Helen.
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
For humanizing Natalie to unimaginable extents.
Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
For creating a heroine who could not be more vulnerable.
For creating a monster all too real.