2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actresses for an Oscar Nomination

Welcome to the official 2017 AWARDS CIRCUIT IN LINE SERIES!

The Academy Awards get tons of flack for not rewarding actors and actresses in the prime of their careers. It often boils down to poor timing, but sometimes the Academy’s choices are downright baffling. Here at Awards Circuit, we will begin an annual tradition called “In Line,” a collection of actors and actresses that are “in line” to either win an Academy Award or garner their very first nomination. The men and women have been divided up, with each getting their own annual list.

This list will change on a year-to-year basis, with obvious newcomers having the ability to jump out in front. This list will be released every January, one day after New Year’s.

Click through the gallery to see the list of 25 Actresses In Line for an Oscar Nomination:

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

25. Kate Beckinsale

BEST PERFORMANCE: “Love & Friendship” (2016)

Despite making her name with the “Underworld” franchise, Beckinsale has been more than capable of startling dramatic work. Just look to the little seen “Nothing But the Truth” for evidence of that. In 2016, she really impressed with “Love & Friendship,” which should endear her to A-list filmmakers going forward. The upcoming film “The Only Living Boy in New York” has some potential, so stay tuned and see if she capitalizes in 2017.
Joey Magidson

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  • Matt St.Clair

    I want Academy Award Nominee Rose Byrne to happen so badly. Don’t know when and I still think it should’ve happened for “Spy.” But someday I believe it’ll finally happen for her.

    Also, I agree that Elle Fanning, Katherine Waterston, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie do feel very inevitable for Oscar love. Gugu Mbatha-Raw might be as well given her career’s upward trajectory.

  • Alec Glass

    for Sarah Paulson: not to mention Blue Jay! Didn’t fall in love with the movie as a whole, though I did like it, but she was remarkable in it.

    • Alec Glass

      ALSO: If anybody still needs convincing that Kristen Stewart truly has chops, look no further than The Cake Eaters. Highly underseen film and easily her best performance IMO

    • Still need to see “Blue Jay” – I know it’s on Netflix.

  • 22cinema11

    Good list! I’d love to see Emily Blunt nominated for her great performance in “The Girl on the Train”, but despite her SAG nod, I don’t think that’s gonna happen – Best Actress race is too crowded this year, so it’ll be hard to overcome the strong competition, especially with many negative reviews for “The Girl on the Train”. And I agree that Sarah Paulson and Robin Wright definitely deserve a nomination as well in years to come.

    • Thanks.

      I think Blunt’s work in “The Girl on the Train” is her best but not sure if Oscar history will look too favorable on that being her representation unless she starts a string of “default” nominations in the future.

  • Joey Magidson

    Lot of fun to help out with this list and I suspect at least a few of these names will be nominees before long!

  • Tee

    The lowness of Emma Watson, Shailene Woodley, and Elizabeth Olsen hurts, but Emily Blunt and Scarlet Johansson retaining their spots is nice.

  • Ron Loyola

    This list lost its cred when it had no mention of Saoirse Ronan.

  • Jason Kline

    Not even an honorable mention for Melanie Laurent? :/