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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actress Contenders

by Oliver Lyttelton
March 11, 2014 2:10 PM
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Premature Predictions: Actresses, 2015

You know the deal by this point, so we'll get to it as quickly as we can. Every year, to draw a line under the awards season, we take a moment to look ahead at some of the possibilities for the films and performances that we could be talking about in the context of the Oscar race in the eleven months to come. We've already discussed the Best Picture and Best Actor possibilities, and now, we've picked out some potentials to succeed Cate Blanchett as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award.

Last year, we did middlingly: we called Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock correctly, and highlighted Judi Dench in "Philomena" long before many were aware of the film, but we severely underrated Blanchett, and mostly disregarded Amy Adams. Plus, we picked Naomi Watts in "Diana" as a potential, and look how that turned out... You can see if we'll do any better this year below, and argue about our picks in the comments section.

The Top 5

Amy Adams

Amy Adams ("Big Eyes")
Though she managed her first Best Actress nomination for "American Hustle" after four Supporting nods (in less than a decade), and despite some late momentum, Amy Adams failed to win her first Oscar this year, unable to overcome the Cate Blanchett juggernaut. But that means that the star is increasingly seen as being due, and that would be a powerful force even if her next role didn't seem like it would be an attention-grabber of its own accord. In "Big Eyes," directed by Tim Burton, Adams will play Margaret Keane, whose distinctive paintings were appropriated by her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz), leading to the collapse of their marriage, and a courtroom battle that saw Walter claim she was crazy. It sounds like the kind of downtrodden wife-to-independent woman arc that Adams will do beautifully, and though Burton hasn't been awards-friendly for a long time, this project sees him reunite with the writers of "Ed Wood," which won Martin Landau an Oscar. Whispers are that Adams is terrific in the film (unsurprisingly), and she can't keep missing out forever, so she definitely seems like a force to reckon with in 2014.

"Suite Francaise"
"Suite Francaise"

Michelle Williams ("Suite Francaise")
Speaking of being due, there's Michelle Williams. The "Dawson's Creek" star has turned out to be one of the very best actresses of her generation, and has picked up three nods while still being barely into her thirties, and that's without taking into account films like "Wendy And Lucy" and "Take This Waltz," which deserved to fare better with the Academy than they ultimately did. She's teamed up again with The Weinstein Company, who earned her a nod for "My Week With Marilyn" a few years back, for the literary adaptation "Suite Francaise," and it promises to be potent territory, playing Lucille, a woman in occupied France who begins an affair with the German soldier who's taken over her village. Moral issues, World War II and having missed out a number of times worked out nicely for Kate Winslet in "The Reader" a few years back, and unless this misfires in a way that some of the films on the Weinstein's slate did this year (and it's worth noting that even "August: Osage County" received two acting nods), we could well see Williams in there, especially as she seems to be incapable of giving a bad performance.

Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl")
As with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" a few years back, few roles of note recently have been more sought after than that of Amy Dunne in David Fincher's adaptation of thriller phenomenon "Gone Girl." It might sound from the title alone, to the uninitiated, that Rosamund Pike won't be in the film much, but a flashback-heavy structure means she's essentially a co-lead, and she'll certainly be present in the category. And unless Fincher's casting instincts have completely abandoned him, we could well see Pike following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt, Jesse Eisenberg and Rooney Mara, the leads in Fincher's last three pictures, to a nomination. It's a complex, multi-faceted part, and one that should give Pike a huge boost going forward. It's yet to be seen if the film proves to be awards-friendly, but for now there's every reason to think that the actress will be in the game this year.

Wild Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon ("Wild")
It's getting on nine years since Reese Witherspoon won her Best Actress Oscar for "Walk The Line," and it's not been the best nine years of her career. There's been the occasional hit—well, one, "Four Christmases"—but more films along the lines of "Rendition," "How Do You Know" and "This Means War." However Witherspoon's definitely on the comeback trail, working with some top auteurs between last year's "Mud," and this year's "Inherent Vice," but her best shot at another nomination since the Johnny Cash picture comes with "Wild," the based-in-fact story of a woman who, after the death of her mother and the break-up of marriage, treks over a thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest. It sounds like it'll be something of a one-woman show (which has worked out well for James Franco and Sandra Bullock in recent years), and Jean-Marc Vallee, whose "Dallas Buyers Club" won two acting Oscars this year, is helming. The film looks to be one of Fox Searchlight's big prospects for the season, so definitely keep an eye on Witherspoon in the months to come.

A Most Violent Year

Jessica Chastain ("A Most Violent Year"/"The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby")
It feels like it was only yesterday that Jessica Chastain turned up on the scene, and already she's had two nominations (for "The Help" and "Zero Dark Thirty"), and gives the impression of someone who's already a fixture in the front row of the Oscars. This time around, she's got not just one, but two chances for a nod. First up, her performance in three-hour, two-part relationship epic "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby" won raves when the film premiered at TIFF, and was picked up by The Weinstein Company, presumably to add to their awards slate. And though it's a fairly modest indie, and doesn't sound like a prime Oscar contender, neither did "Blue Valentine" at the time, but Weinsteins worked hard to get Michelle Williams a nomination a few years back. Even so, there's a back-up plan for Chastain: J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year," in which she stars alongside Oscar Isaaac. She could yet end up in Supporting rather than Lead, but if not, given her usual form, Chandor's track record, and the exciting-sounding material, it would be a role to bet on.

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  • Stergios | June 12, 2014 10:31 PMReply

    I really hope Marion Cotillard gets her second Oscar this time around. In the history of mankind, there has never been an actor, male or female, more talented than Marion Cotillard. I mean, let's face it, she's the best actress of all time and it's literally inconceivable how she hasn't won her second Oscar yet. If any of the members of the Academy reads this, please, I beg you: give Marion Cotillard her second Oscar in 2015. I don't care if it is in a Leading Role or in a Supporting Role. I don't care if it is for "The Immigrant" or "Two days, one night" or "Macbeth" or "Blood ties". What matters is that an Oscar should have her name engraved on it at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The work she's done this year is just exquisite. And she wasn't even nominated for "Rust and bone" (!) or "Nine". In fact, she has never been nominated since winning the Oscar for Best Actress In A Leading Role back in 2008 for her towering performance in "La vie en rose". Her performance as Ewa Cybulska in James Gray's "The immigrant" is more than worthy of an Oscar win. It's irrationally impeccable. I can't even realize how an actor can deliver a performance like that. Please, members of the Academy, please, give her a second Oscar in 2015. I'm not a relative of hers or a rep of hers or whatever crap one might think reading this post, but I'm a movies lover by birth and I know this: Leaving the best actress of all time with only one win and not even a single nomination since, despite the fact that everything she has done since is worthy of an Oscar win, feels just insane to me. Totally insane. I can't even imagine how on Earth she can't be nominated in Oscars 2015. Just give her her second Oscar. She absolutely deserves it. She has been robbed so many times. SO MANY TIMES. And she still continues to push herself into extremely brave, raw and unforgettable performances in a series of almost unbelievably demanding roles. Please, give her her second Oscar, please!

  • The JLaw | June 4, 2014 1:22 PMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence is an exceptional actress and anyone who says she's crappy is completely and utterly delusional! It's like someone saying Adele or Mariah Carey can't sing, it's seriously that deluded, because JLaw is the next Meryl Streep, she is one of the best young actor/actress in America, undoubtedly. I wouldn't cross out her role in Mockingjay, Katniss, suffering from post-tramuatic stress, becomes very, very intense, suicidal, depressed, angry, dark and unstable in the last Hunger Games book, she could be Oscar gold. And as for Serena, I've heard JLaw is supposed to have given a terrifying performance and the director's supposed to be a fantastic one, plus she's starring alongside Bradley Cooper and that usually means it's going to sweep the award season... And Nicole Kidman in the Grace of Monaco?! You can forget it, that was even worse than Diana, that other disaster about a princess! Nicole's a terrific actress, but that was supposed to be another shit, badly acted biopic.

  • Patrick | July 18, 2014 12:26 PM

    Helen Mirren said she was a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence. Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain have been consistently brilliant as well. Jennifer would have to be clearly better than those 2 to win as Cate Blanchett was with Blue Jasmine

  • Stergios | June 12, 2014 10:25 PM

    Couldn't agree more with you. Jennifer Lawrence is a fantastic actress. There's not a single performance in her filmography that isn't worthy of an Oscar win. She's THAT talented. Throughout her undeniably short but extremely memorable, awe-inspiring career, she has shown a range that can be compared only with the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett. She tried so many different gernes and excelled in all of them. She's a terrific dramatic actress, a terrific comedic actress, a terrific action actress, quite simply a terrific actress. She's a phenomenal talent and I can't wait to watch her in the two last "Hunger Games" films and obviously "Serena". I hope the latter will come out this year and will give her a chance to be nominated (and why not win?) again.

  • YUMIKO | May 18, 2014 9:17 AMReply

    Nicole Kidman got mixed reviews for her performance in Grace of Monaco, I don't she will be nominated this year.

  • Alice | May 1, 2014 9:58 PMReply

    Besides Macbeth, where's Marion Cotillard for 'The Immigrant' and 'Two Days, One Night'?
    And Kate Winslet for 'A Little Chaos'?

    If Amy Adams get another nomination, it will be a joke! she is no Kate Winslet who deserved all of her nominations before she won her Oscar! Adams is nominated every year for doing nothing in forgettable roles! she is just lucky that the academy members are her fanboys and nominate her for every crap she does!, until now she only has piggyback nominations: she can't carry a film and needs to be part of an acclaimed movie (most of the time with a small role and little screentime) with more talented and more famous co-stars (who will overshadow her) to get an undeserved nomination just to fill the spot. And early reports say that she is totally overshadowed by Christoph Waltz (this is not exactly a surprise!) in Big Eyes! she has no chance against him and I really hope that she won't take the spot of another better actress again like happened this year with Emma Thompson!

  • Tom | April 28, 2014 2:39 PMReply

    JENNIFER LAWRENCE - SERENA all the way!!! I think that considering her age and limited experience she has , she is the one of the best actresses I've ever seen...she destroys the screen!!!

  • Patrick | July 18, 2014 12:30 PM

    Wrong Leo. Pretty much every director, producer, and long time actors says she is at least on of the best. You have to see her work in her indiependent films. But it seems to be the hipster position that she is overrated.

  • Leo | May 1, 2014 8:40 PM

    You should watch more movies besides Hunger Games! there's a lot of young actresses who are far better than Jennifer Lawrence! she is not even the best actress of her age, she's only "the popular girl of the moment", will you see what will happen to her after the Hunger Games franchise finish... she will have the same fate of Daniel Radcliffe, Elijah Wood and all the other young actors from teen/popular franchises.

  • James | April 28, 2014 2:33 PMReply

    If the Oscars were all about rewarding talent, Jennifer Lawrence should win every year...But unfortunately they are all about politics and making the politically correct choices in an attempt to look a bit less stupid...

  • Patrick | July 18, 2014 12:32 PM

    Jennifer Lawrence fans include her co stars and other acting legends such as Helen Mirren, Jodie Foster, and Donald Sutherland.

  • Stergios | June 12, 2014 10:29 PM

    Whoever thinks that Jennifer Lawrence is a crappy actress and the Oscars become the MTV Movie Awards by rewarding a singular talent like her own, doesn't have a single idea of what acting means. Jennifer Lawrence is a truly astonishing and already legendary actress and she deserves every accolade she has won by now. She's simply incapable of giving a performance that isn't worthy of an Oscar win. She's undeniably one of the greatest actresses of all time.

  • Emily | May 1, 2014 8:33 PM

    Are you kidding? the Oscars would become the MTV Movie Awards if they reward a crappy actress like Jennifer Lawrence every year! LOL
    Her fans are so delusional!

  • MWA | April 14, 2014 8:20 AMReply

    oops...that was Patricia Arquette for Richard Linklater's 12 years in the making "Boyhood". The critics have gone gaga for this film and rightfully so. I have not read a review where she has been called anything less than amazing and the best performance of her career. She will be getting nominated. Lead or supporting? That is the question.

  • MWA | April 14, 2014 8:18 AMReply

    This author has missed something: the festival buzz. What did this tell us? PATRICIA ARQUETTE

  • rosie | April 6, 2014 7:47 AMReply

    what a surprise, they are all white.

  • HL | April 3, 2014 4:38 AMReply

    I hope The Salvation gets a proper attention at this year's Cannes. I've been hearing that Eva Green's mute performance in it is A+. It's going to be released on October and I hope the studio pushes for her. She could be a dark horse.

  • Trent | April 1, 2014 2:32 PMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence doesn't have much of a chance this year. I'm personally rooting for Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant) and Rooney Mara (Carol).

  • Brett | March 27, 2014 3:17 AMReply

    What about Angelina Jolie for Maleficent? She looks pretty damn creepy

  • mr daniel | March 25, 2014 8:46 PMReply


  • Juan | March 25, 2014 1:25 PMReply

    You should also consider A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman, and its spectacular cast: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory and Mathias Schoenaerts.

  • Brett | March 25, 2014 12:08 PMReply

    Quvenzhanai Wallis for Annie?

  • JUAN | April 13, 2014 8:39 PM


  • AND | March 23, 2014 12:06 AMReply

    TOP 10 (No order):
    - Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
    - Anne Hathaway (Interstellar)
    - Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
    - Rachel McAdams (A Most Wanted Man)
    - Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
    - Michelle Williams (Suite Francaise)
    - Hilary Swank (The Homesman)
    - Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant)
    - Natalie Portman (Jane Got a Gun)
    - Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco)

  • Nick | March 19, 2014 6:44 PMReply

    But Meryl Streep is always pushed for lead. The Devil Wears Prada was arguably a supporting role as the film was not solely about her, she was still technically lead. She could be nominated for either of her films this year.

    Meryl Streep, Into The Woods, The Giver, Suffragette or The Homesman
    Jennifer Lawrence, Serena
    Amy Adams, Big Eyes
    Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco
    Reese Witherspoon, Wild

  • E | March 19, 2014 5:15 PMReply

    I'm tipping Chastain's best actress bid will be for Miss Julie, and A Most Violent Year will end up being supporting. Eleanor Rigby could surprise though...
    My current top 5
    1. Adams
    2. Williams
    3. Pike
    4. Chastain
    5. Mulligan or Witherspoon

  • Brett | March 19, 2014 4:46 PMReply

    Reese Witherspoon could be nominated 3 times next year: Lead in Wild, Supporting in Inherent Vice, and producing Gone Girl

  • JK1193 | March 19, 2014 3:21 PMReply

    Top 10 Promising Contenders:

    Amy Adams
    Cate Blanchett (Carol or Blackbird)
    Jessica Chastain (Eleanor Rigby)
    Anne Hathaway
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Carey Mulligan (Far From the Madding Crowd, for now)
    Rosamund Pike
    Natalie Portman
    Michelle Williams
    Reese Witherspoon (she'll be supporting in Inherent Vice)

  • Brett | March 18, 2014 12:36 PMReply

    If the Academy decided to expand the other major categories like they did for Best Picture (which is unlikely) my ten picks for this are:
    1. Reese Witherspoon
    2. Jennifer Lawrence
    3. Natalie Portman
    4. Rosamund Pike
    5. Berenice Bejo
    6. Carey Mulligan
    7. Hilary Swank
    8. Helen Mirren
    9. Tina Fey
    10. Emma Stone

  • gonegirl | March 17, 2014 7:01 PMReply

    I can't wait for Pikeamania!! Rosamund Pike for the Oscah!!!

  • Nick | March 14, 2014 6:28 PMReply

    What about Meryl Streep in Into the Woods, The Giver or The Homesman?

  • Brett | March 18, 2014 12:34 PM

    All those roles are supporting

  • Frank | March 13, 2014 6:46 PMReply

    This year seems to be another year without any challenge role, the only two different roles are Reese Witherspoon and Rosamund Pike, but the Academy always prefer popular movies and actresses instead of talent. So my prediction is:
    1. Amy Adams (Rewarding prize like Susan Sarandon or Jeff Bridges)
    2. Michelle Williams (good role, but it is not enough to win)
    3. Carey Mulligan (two movies, two great roles)
    4. Reese Witherspoon (great role the most challenging, but too soon to win another oscar)
    5. Emma Stone (I have a feeling that she can be nominated)

  • Brett | March 13, 2014 5:35 PMReply

    What about Shailene Woodley in The Fault in our Stars?

  • JK1193 | March 19, 2014 3:10 PM

    I think Woodley is a long-shot, but will definately move up the totem pole in the next year and a half. She's definately going to become a superstar when Divergent hits theaters (a long shot nomination, like Lawrence in Hunger Games, but I think she'll kill it), and she also earned raves in the Sundance drama White Bird In a Blizzard (directed by Greg Araki, who began Joseph Gordon-Levitt's road to stardom in Mysterious Skin).

  • MTN | March 13, 2014 5:27 PMReply

    So tired of hearing Amy Adams deserves an Oscar. I do not find her compelling at all. I am so tired of her being in every film possible just to garner awards attention. At an Oscar round table discussion in this years run up to the Academy Awards she admitted being a film role hoarder.
    Good news for her is the more exposure and people you work with, the better your chances of winning, but I wish she would take a break and give audiences time to want to see her back again.

  • Cory | March 28, 2014 12:57 AM

    Speak for yourself - I want to see her and I am a member of this "audience" you speak of.

  • Brett | March 13, 2014 3:42 PMReply

    I think the Academy should add these categories:
    Best Male Voice in a leading role
    Best Female Voice in a leading role
    Best Supporting Male Voice in a supporting role
    Best Supporting Female Voice in an animated feature
    Best Villain
    Best Villain in an animated feature
    Best Stunt Double

  • Duane | March 19, 2014 11:54 AM

    I've ALWAYS thought that they should add a voice acting category. I don't think it's nearly as respected as it should be. I also think a choreography award (dance or fight choreography).

  • Zak | March 13, 2014 3:15 PMReply

    I would also like to highlight Emma Stone's chances in 'Magic in the Moonlight' directed by Woody Allen. Whilst, there is a lot of buzz around his personal life, he does write fantastic roles for women, and the academy have noticed.

  • pudding | March 13, 2014 4:58 AMReply

    How about another Jennifer Lawrence / Bradley Cooper nomination for their upcoming movie "Serena"? Directed by Academy Award winner Susan Bier. They were hard not to acknowledge.

  • Peter | March 13, 2014 6:16 PM

    I hope not. I reached saturation point with those two this year.

  • Cory | March 12, 2014 9:04 PMReply

    I'm always really surprised when these articles blatantly leave out potential nominees. Although Emma Stone was mentioned - she wasn't mentioned for the correct role. Cate Blanchett just won an Oscar for Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' - yet the author blatantly leaves out the fact that Emma Stone is the leading role in Allen's next picture "Magic in the Moonlight." Is the author this big of an ignoramus? Come on man.

  • Cory | March 28, 2014 1:00 AM

    It felt like a really blatant bias. Either the author doesn't like Stone or Allen. Either way - Emma Stone has been confirmed in the leading role. She is playing a 1920's socialite. The film is a crime comedy. Given that Cate Blanchett won JUST a few weeks ago - leaving out the possibility of Stone scoring a nom for "Moonlight" makes the author seem ignorant.

  • JK1193 | March 19, 2014 3:13 PM

    No one knows the full story of Magic in the Moonlight yet, so until the film comes out, the prospects of Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, etc, are between leading and supporting.

  • Jerry | March 13, 2014 9:24 PM

    No one needs to know the story of Magic in the Moonlight to know that Emma Stone is the lead and a majority of Woody's leading ladies have strong parts that are eligible for awards. Duh.

  • kim | March 13, 2014 4:25 AM

    So you know the whole story of magic in the moonlight? tell us the character of emma stone in the film. in cameron crowe untitled she play air force pilot with whom bradley fall in love but magic in moonlight no clue. so why add that film that author dont know about

  • Anna | March 12, 2014 5:16 PMReply

    James Mcavoy & Jessica both got rave reviews for their performances in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. One of those rave reviews are from Playlist.

    There is a mistake in the review your site gave the movie. It should say "what began as a story about a man" turned into a movie about a man and a women after she ask her friend the writer & director Ned Benson to write a film for her.

  • glenno | March 12, 2014 3:13 PMReply

    all white, shocking!

  • h | March 12, 2014 2:31 PMReply

    Imelda Staunton for Pride

  • David | March 12, 2014 12:30 PMReply

    This is way too early, please stop. At least give it a one month rest from the time of the Oscars telecast. I'm a film fanatic too and enjoy reading about new potential quality films to see, but when you're prognosticating about films that just started production, well, that gets a little silly.

  • Jes | March 12, 2014 12:09 PMReply

    I stopped reading at Emma Stone. No.

  • Ava | March 12, 2014 11:15 AMReply

    I caught Can A Song Save Your Life at a test screening about a month ago, and I think Keira Knightley has a fighting chance.

  • i bet on that | March 12, 2014 7:36 AMReply

    After what happened in this category. It seem like you dont have to give amazing performance to nominate you just have campaign and lots of love from oscar from your previous work. so here are my surest bet to the actresses whose film i know will release this year

    Best Actress
    1. Amy Adams, Big Eyes (Finally her win is coming)
    2. Jessica Chastain, Miss Julie / The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (4 films, Weinstein promote TDoER / ullmen may be cannes appreciation if it make it there)
    3. Reese Witherspoon, Wild / The Good Lie (come back oscar kid with meaty roles)
    4. Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco (Weinstein, playing grace kelly scream oscar)
    5. Michelle Williams, Suite Francaise (Safe bet but seriously the rest doesnt have oscar shot except Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl)

    Also for Supporting Actress
    1. Jessica Chastain, Interstellar / A Most Violent Year
    2. Meryl Streep, The Homesman or any other of his to films
    3. Viola Davis, Get On Up

    Only 3 i have to bet but Patricia Arquette for Boyhood is something i wish to be nominate

  • MWA | April 14, 2014 8:22 AM

    Patricia Arquette for Boyhood for sure. No worries. IFC will have a strong Oscar campaign and it has huge buzz, as in best film of the decade kind of buzz!

  • Jake | March 11, 2014 11:36 PMReply

    It seems mental illness is the new baity thing for Best Actress winners (after Portman in Black Swan and Blanchett in Blue Jasmine), so why not considering Kidman for Before I Go To Sleep ? She suffers from amnesia, her husband is Colin Firth, it's adapted from a best-seller, she also de-glams.... I think Queen of the Desert is a 2015 film.

  • Max | March 11, 2014 9:27 PMReply

    You also need to put consider Meryl Streep for Into the Woods instead of Emily Blunt. If they don't stray too far from the source material, then she's obviously the lead. But either way, she's Meryl Streep. Three of her last four Best Actress nods, she was a supporting character.

  • Zack | March 11, 2014 8:36 PMReply

    And what about Keira Knightley for "The Imitation Game"???

  • Andre | March 11, 2014 8:30 PMReply

    It looks like Amy Adams is the strongest bet around here. Winning an Oscar in only a matter of competition. That's why Jennifer Lawrence already won an Oscar and DiCaprio don't - she was not the better, but the most appealing between the nominations last year (Watts is old news, Riva was too not-commercial, Chastain was is a movie that involved war and politics and they would not give the Oscar for a child) and DiCaprio is always kind of repeating himself, and when an actor decides to recreate himself like McConaughey did, it catches the eye of the Academy. 2015 will be a year of weak competition at the Oscars, I bet my little money on Amy Adams finally getting her statue.

  • Nick | March 14, 2014 6:27 PM

    I seriously disagree about DiCaprio. He doesnt need to lose weight to prove he is an excellent actor ans far better than MM. If you actually look into his roles you would see his characters are different. You only think he plays the same stuff because his characters sometimes yell and be passionate. The only reason Jennifer Lawrence won is because of her popularity. Everyone liked her the most, which is unfair despite her great performance.

  • Genadijus | March 11, 2014 7:09 PMReply

    2014 would be a year with so interesting Lead actress category, so many well-know names, so many overdues for win or 2nd nomination, so many actresses who'll come back with more complex roles than just stupid comedies. I would call a year for young actresses where R. Mara, M. Wasikowska, S. Johanson can be recognized with the nomination.
    We need to take the attention on "Lucy with Scarlett, directed by Luc Besson.

  • NewYorker | March 11, 2014 6:27 PMReply

    my early prediction for best actress are
    Amy Adams-Big Eyes
    Emma Stone-The Magic In The Moonlight
    Helen Mirren-The Hundred Foot Journey
    Natalie Portman-Jane Got A Gun or one of the terrence malick project not sure which one tho
    Reese Witherspoon-Wild

  • ash | March 11, 2014 5:41 PMReply

    how about Miss Julie for Jessica Chastain?

  • Daryl Hannah | March 11, 2014 5:33 PMReply

    When Heath Ledger died, it's like Michelle Williams was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to humorless boring movies as some kind of consolation.

  • Milano | March 11, 2014 5:07 PMReply

    It's going to be Keira Knightley winning for "Can a Song Save Your Life?" Even if it's the worst title of all time.

  • Brett | March 11, 2014 5:06 PMReply

    What about Quvenzhanai Wallis in Annie?

  • Blah | March 11, 2014 10:52 PM


    Having a category for young actors/actresses or Best Newcomer or whatever would cheapen the Oscars. If I had worked my whole life to get an Oscar nomination and then a 6 year old comes along and wins an Oscar, because the category would obviously be weak as shit, I would be pissed.

  • NewYorker | March 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    i for one think the academy should have a new categlory call best young actor/actress, just like what the critic choice movie awards have.

  • benutty | March 11, 2014 4:14 PMReply

    I'm surprised you're holding Wild & Reese Witherspoon in such high regard, Oli. In my opinion, Reese is bound to take the Gwyneth path to post-Oscar acclaim--- being "none." Neither will even score another nomination again. I think Julianne in Maps to the Stars, Anne in Interstellar and Rooney in Trash are good bets. I wouldn't even discount Mia in Tracks--ever since Meryl called her out for her work in Jane Eyre I feel like there's a bubbling desire for Mia to be recognized with a nomination.

  • Parker | March 12, 2014 7:43 AM

    I was glad when Witherspoon won her Oscar, but that's true, in 2006 she was only who deserved this award. She was totally June Carter and did an amazing job. The trolls said that Huffman should have won and yes, she had some great scenes, but in her performance there are a lot of mistakes. I hope Witherspoon will get an other nominations but that's true, Adams really deserves an Oscar award.

  • Salome | March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

    Agreed. Thought it was outrageous she won for that role anyway!

  • Bill | March 11, 2014 3:44 PMReply

    Jessica Chastain also stars in "Miss Julie" this year which could possibly be a Best Actress consenter. :)

  • 1974 | March 11, 2014 4:10 PM

    Yeah, I was expecting Miss Julie instead of Eleanor Rigby, but I'm glad Eleanor Rigby is here because Playlist actually saw it. I still have my hopes for Miss Julie though.

  • Mitchell | March 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    I was going to say, I think if she shows up for anything this year it's most likely to be Miss Julie.

    Rooney Mara has "Trash" as well, and whether we like it or not the Oscars do love their Stephen Daldry.

  • Beth Hanna | March 11, 2014 3:41 PMReply

    If "Carol" stays faithful to "The Price of Salt," it would more likely be Mara in lead and Blanchett in supporting. The book is told from the point of view of Mara's character, Therese Belivet, and there's a substantial segment in the third act where Carol (Blanchett) isn't around.

  • Lynn | March 12, 2014 1:19 PM

    The script is very much Therese's story. I found it faithful to the novel.

  • johnn | March 11, 2014 2:34 PMReply

    Well I hope Amy Adams deserves the nomination this year because for American Hustle her nomination was a completely joke, but don´t misundestand me she is a great actress but she did not deserve her last nomination.

  • shitfest | March 11, 2014 6:10 PM

    I think she actually gave the best performance of all the nominees, so her nomination was absolutely deserved IMO. Wouldn't be surprising at all if she was great in Big Eyes as well, and she won't have to compete with Cate Blanchett next year. It's definitely time for Amy Adams to have an Oscar.

  • BEEF | March 11, 2014 2:32 PMReply

    sorry, African Americans - only civil rights and slave narratives are serious roles. Preferably with a white savior.
    sorry, Latinos and Latinas - we don't even know you exist.
    signed Hollywood.

  • Drake | March 14, 2014 11:19 AM

    Beef - Lets talk about before slavery and civil war ... Hollywood should make a movie about the beginning when there was only black people . Hollywood could easily put African Americans and Latinos in these rolls but we don't live in a world of love . We live in a world where whites control the power. .....sorry to make this statement but you made yours

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