In terms of nominees and its eventual winner, the Oscar category for Best Actress may be the easiest to predict. Not to say that it is a weak category, not by any means, however it seems that the five women who are at the top of the list are solidly in place. Surprisingly, all five of these women are past Oscar winners, which would be a first for the category. However, there is one dark horse contender that may take a spot from one of these Oscar winning actresses. Be sure to check out all of our predictions here!
Locks for a Nomination
1. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (The Australian actress has been receiving strong critical notices for her performance as a former Manhattan socialite who falls into poverty in Woody Allen’s latest film. She has so far swept the critics’ awards and seems on her way to a second Oscar.)
2. Sandra Bullock, Gravity (The space-set survival film focuses solely on Bullock’s character. It is her story of survival and she dominates the screen. It is emotionally heavy, physically demanding, and a clearly difficult role. She can steal this from Blanchett depending on who the guilds decide to reward.)
3. Judi Dench, Philomena (Dench is a film legend, however she has only won once for her 8-minute performance in Shakespeare in Love. In this film she plays a mother searching for her son after he is taken away from her at the age of 3. Dench has been lauded for a different turn from her usual regal roles, so maybe the Oscars will honor this veteran once again.)
4. Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks (The film has been receiving strong reviews since its premiere in London and although it has been noted for its Disney magic, most reviews focused on the strong performance from Thompson. She controls the film and is likely going to be one of two acting nominations for the film.)
Battling it Out for the Last Spot
5. Amy Adams, American Hustle (Streep is undoubtedly the queen of the Oscars with a record 17 nominations and 3 wins. The actress who portrayed her role in August: Osage County was nominated for Tony, but ended up losing to the actress who originated Julia Roberts’ role in the film. It’s unwise to vote against Meryl, but I think Adams will surprise here.)
Will it be Amy or Meryl for the last spot?
- “American Hustle” tops the New York Critics Circle Awards (wtsrindecent.wordpress.com)
- “12 Years a Slave” tops NY Online and Boston Critics, but Loses in LA (wtsrindecent.wordpress.com)