5. Tangerine – Mya Taylor
For self-confidence layered with vulnerability. And for inhabiting the world so seamlessly.
4. Clouds of Sils Maria – Kristen Stewart
For being the queen of naturalism, whether you like it or not. If one observes her small gestures, the "familiar" woman emerges. Bonus Points: Her lead performance in American Ultra was even better!
3. The Hateful Eight – Jennifer Jason Leigh
For a characterization so consummate. Every face she pulls, every gripe she yelps is about something. Bonus points: For giving the best voice-over performance of the year in Anomalisa.
2. Steve Jobs – Kate Winslet
For buttressing this man's journey with maternal warmth and refreshing wit. Her lack of vanity is what has always distinguished her among her peers.
1. Carol – Sarah Paulson
For creating, in only a few scenes, an almighty lady. She is without a doubt one of the best "supporting" actresses working today.
Runner Up: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Olivia Cooke
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