The Unsung Ones
ALLISON JANNEY - Speaking of Juno, here's the other half of the parent equation from that film. Janney is a talented actress with great comic timing. In the last few years she manages to steal scenes in every film she appears in (The Way, Way Back and Liberal Arts come to mind...) I never made it through an episode of the show Mom, however, so I can't speak with authority on her efforts on the small screen. I'm gonna guess though that since it's a CBS sitcom, her talents are being wasted.
PATRICIA CLARKSON - I mentioned the parents in Juno, now I'm adding both of the parents to Easy A to my list. There's something nice about Patricia Clarkson. She just comes across as some wise lady you'd like to know. She gives consistently great work, even if the material is beneath her. When does it match her? It's fantastic. I'm particularly fond of her work in Shutter Island and Lars and the Real Girl.
SALLY HAWKINS - Sally Hawkins hasn't quite broken through yet in the way that the others have, but everything I've seen of her I've thoroughly enjoyed. Her incredible work in Blue Jasmine is the strongest example showing how valuable she is as a supporting actress. As a lead, she nailed the character Anne Elliot I loved from Jane Austen's Persuasion. She did a great job too in the latest version of Great Expectations and if she had had a more fleshed out character in Godzilla I'm sure she would have been fab in that too.
So tell me, did I miss anyone? ETA: Yes I did! I'd totally add Kathryn Hahn to this list. She's great.