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

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 Win:

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

25. Diane Lane

BEST PERFORMANCE: “Unfaithful” (2002)

Diane Lane’s career has taken a turn toward deeper roles since her Oscar nomination for 2002’s “Unfaithful.” Prior to that nomination, she spent the ’80s and ’90s appearing in a range of film and television roles that tended to either go mostly unnoticed, or to favor blockbuster co-stars. Over the past 15 years, she has built a filmography of strong female characters, and will soon be seen opposite Liam Neeson in the Watergate Scandal film “Felt.” Perhaps this could be her road to the Oscar.
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  • Ricky

    What is happening with Catherine The Great Project, that could be something special for Keira if done right?

    • If done right…anything can be great. Will it be done “right” – that’s the question.

  • Joey Magidson

    Seems likely that at least one or two of these ladies will finally get their win this year, which is delightful.

  • Christian Thompson

    Overall great list, but how is Annette Bening not on here?

    • Luke McGowan

      Wow that seems like a big oversight now that you mention it

  • Tee

    I was surprised that Joan Allen ended up so low on the list, but I’m very happy that Amy Adams takes a well-deserved second place.

  • Matt St.Clair

    Saoirse Ronan feels like a Best Actress winner waiting to happen. She had to have been second for Brooklyn but “On Chesil Beach” or “Lady Bird” could do the trick for her.

    Laura Dern is a definite possibility. Her surprise nomination for “Wild” showed that the industry hasn’t forgotten about her and given her respect in the industry and her consistent performances, it could definitely build up to a win.

  • Dennytowers

    She’s been out of the conversation for a long time but I have a strong suspicion that Miranda Richardson is going to be a big coattail supporting player as Jake Gyllenhaal’s chain smoking mom in Stronger. Watch this space.

  • MovieManiac14

    Melissa McCarthy over Annette Bening? Umm… list reedit, please?

  • Luis Carlos Mendoza

    Rooney Mara gives her talent in every movie that she does.

  • Damian Pietrzak

    What about Bening

  • Lou Jay

    Annette Benning, Cecily Tyson, Angela Bassett ?