7. Emma Stone

BEST PERFORMANCE: “La La Land” (2016)

One of the breakout stars of the last 10 years, Emma Stone has emerged as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Not only does she have charming and charismatic performances in comedies like “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” and “Superbad,” but she’s been an awards darling since “Easy A” netted her a Globe nomination. Oscar has also noticed her films, with “The Help” netting a Best Picture nomination, and “Birdman” giving her a nomination in Supporting Actress. This year she’s contending for Best Actress for “La La Land” as one of our frontrunners. With roles such as Cruella de Vil (“Cruella”) and Billy Jean King (“Battle of the Sexes”) on the horizon, she might not be done with Oscar any time soon.
-Alan French