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Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress, Spotlight
Rachel McAdams has long been a beloved star (You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks she's not the funniest part of Mean Girls), but with the exception of her recent run on True Detective, nothing in her career seems like bait for awards voters. In Spotlight, she plays a dutiful member of the ensemble who conducts interviews with victims of sexual assault, but even in that critically beloved movie, you wouldn't consider her work showy. She's a dependable and magnetic screen presence who's finally getting her Academy due.