Joan Allen ... The Crucible
Fine nominee who was gifted with a great role that was slightly underplayed. The Crucible had many facets that were overlooked—such as the impeccable production and costume design, as well as the the volcanic lead performances of Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder—so that Allen’s supportive wife was the element singled out is a tad baffling. Even more baffling is how Allen would fail to get Academy recognition for her far superior work in The Ice Storm (1997), Pleasantville (1998), The Upside of Anger (2005) in relatively less-competitive years than 1996.