Women in Cinema- The “Oscarettes”: Who will be nominated for Best Actress?

chastain zeroWith the Oscar nominations being announced tomorrow morning and all other nominations revealed, it’s that time folks where we all wonder and debate who will be honored with a nomination Oscar morning.

This year I find myself struggling to decide which actresses will be nominated for Best Actress in a leading role. In the Best Actress category, the ladies who have secured a spot in the Oscar lineup are; Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard. With three spots that seem to be a lock, there’s always room for upset. Let’s go through the performances that have a chance to score a nomination January 10th.

Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty

Nobody really believed this film stood a chance with the Academy. For whatever reason, many thought Kathryn Bigelow wouldn’t be able to release another Oscar worthy film, especially one about Osama Bin Laden. But once the film was screened everyone loved it. They also loved Jessica Chastain’s performance as the leader of the CIA investigation to find Bin Laden. Chastain was all over the map last year for a variety of performances and earned herself her first nomination, but this year she turned heads and is the current frontrunner to win Best Actress. She’s received a nomination from the Critics, Globes and SAG and has won many critics’ awards already. The red headed beauty is at it again and nobody would be upset to see her nominated and win.

Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook

lawrence playbookJennifer Lawrence’s career has blown up significantly after receiving her first Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone. With Lawrence proving she can own the box office with The Hunger Games, she also proved she could once again own an Indepedent film and give a solid performance. When the movie was first screened, critics were only praising Lawrence’s performance when Bradley Cooper deserved all of it. Her performance was very well done, but there’s still something about it that doesn’t sit right with me. At the end of the day I’d still nominate her but she wouldn’t be the actress next in line if Chastain lost the Oscar. Lawrence has received nominations from the Critics, Globes and SAG and she is on her way to Oscar nomination number two.

Marion Cotillard- Rust and Bone

After winning Best Actress for La Vie En Rose, Cotillard has done some great roles that should have been recognized by the Academy, so it’s nice that her role in Rust and Bone isn’t being ignored. Cotillard is an astonishing actress and each role she chooses she’s always breathtaking. Cotillard has been recognized by all the important award branches so hopefully she’ll earn her second leading nomination.

Naomi Watts- The Impossible

watss impossibleAfter seeing the trailer for The Impossible it was obvious Naomi Watts would be receiving her second leading actress nomination. The story line is horrifying, but Watts was given the challenge of portraying the raw emotions that were felt during those moments when the tsunami disaster occurred. I think only a mother would be able to display the terror of being seperated from her children and I think Watts was the perfect choice for the role. For some reason I’m still not positive about Watts being a lock for Best Actress, but she has received nominations from the Critics, Globes and SAG and hopefully she will find herself nomination Thursday morning.

Helen Mirren- Hitchcock

I think we’re all asking ourselves the same question about Helen Mirren and her performance in Hitchcock; Does it really need to be nominated for an Oscar? Globes and SAG seem to think it deserves some sort of recognition. The Oscar winner has gained a lot of respect over the years, and sometimes it’s not about the performance but about the person giving it. If Mirren receives a nomination Thursday morning that means she’s taking the spot away from other very deserving performances.

Emmanuelle Riva- Amour

Many are pushing for Emmanuelle Riva to get nominated for Best Actress, and rightfully so. Riva deserves to be nominated for her honest portrayal of a woman who loses herself when her life takes an unfortunate turn. If Riva’s name is announced Thursday morning many will be happy, but with Riva only receiving a nomination from the Critics she might just get outshined by Helen Mirren.

Quvenzhané Wallis- Beasts of the Southern Wild

wallis 2 beastsEverybody wants to see this kid nominated for an Oscar. A few months back when Beasts of the Southern Wild screened, Wallis was the talk of the town and her chances of getting nominated for an Oscar were very high despite her very, very young age. As the months went on we began to hear her name less and less, but with the Critics recognizing her work that gives many hope that the young star can make it through to the Oscars. Unfortunately, Wallis missed when it came to the Globes and the SAG’s and her age might just be the reason she’s left off the Oscar ballot.

Rachel Weisz- The Deep Blue Sea

Rachel Weisz wasn’t really on anybody’s Oscar radar until the New York Film Critics named her Best Actress of the year. Weisz was also nominated for a Golden Globe, but I think hearing her name nomination morning would be a surprise nobody expected, especially with many great performances up against hers. She’s an Oscar winner, and at the end they liked her enough to give her an Oscar, do they like her enough to nominate her for another one?

We’re all aware anything can happen Oscar morning, snubs of possible frontrunners, and surprise nominations we had been hoping for all season. My final five nominees will be listed below but as of right now, Chastain, Lawrence and Cotillard have secured their spot. I wish I could say Watts’ nomination was locked but something in me screams she could get left off. As for Riva, I have hope the Academy will recognize her work in Amour, but will the Academy nominate two foreign language performances in the acting category? I guess we’ll find out Thursday morning.

Anna’s Final Five:

Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard- Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva- Amour
Naomi Watts- The Impossible