The best supporting actress nominees 2010 showcased the utmost height in diva-acting and thespian supremacy that has ever been known. These actresses graced the moviegoing audience with their otherworldly presence to allow themselves to be nominated in the first place. It was the pleasure of moviegoing audiences everywhere to see these disdainful queens educate the world on what it meant to act.

  1. Mo'Nique. Mo'Nique is the top best supporting actress nominee of 2010 because she went on to win the big prize itself. Her work was for her role in the tale of an oppressed and down-on-her-luck black teen from Harlem (what a sob story that was sure to tug on the hearts of the bleeding hearts at the Academy) in "Precious." While the younger actress from "Precious," Gabourey Sidibe who played the title character, was also nominated for an Oscar in the leading actress category, she came short of winning.

  2. Penelope Cruz. Penelope Cruz was nominated for her role in the movie called "Nine," a step up in her career for this Spanish accent-speaking actress. Though the film itself was punished with bad to mixed reviews at best, Cruz seems to have overcome this disadvantage by netting a good performance with what questionable quality the moviemakers gave her to work with. That's the mark of a successful actress, which is why Cruz comes in at second place on this list.

  3. Anna Kendrick. Her performance in "Up in the Air" got Kendrick this nomination, and it comes for a movie that hit on cultural and social themes that are still current. The movie "Up in the Air" is all about a corporate downsizer who travels all across the USA in his quest to fire as many people who are underperforming as possible. Critics liked the movie for its connection to reality (high unemployment) and Kendrick's performance that was hailed as an especially strong female role.

  4. Vera Farmiga. The fourth-best best supporting actress nominee for 2010 belongs to Vera Farmiga, and it is no surprise that it is also for "Up in the Air." The theme of this film, apparently, is a bunch of strong female performances. Farmiga's character is set up in the movie to be Clooney's love interest, which adds a dimension of romantic comedy to this flick.

  5. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Maggie Gyllenhaal rounds out this list of the best supporting actress nominees in 2010 for her performance in "Crazy Heart"! Gyllenhaal's character is a youthful journalist who ends up striking up something of a romance with Jeff Bridges' character, who is a washed out country music singer. Gyllenhaal's character is the catalyst who motivates Bridges' character to reform his life somewhat.