2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ACTRESS
(UPDATED: MARCH 15, 2014)
The women look strong this year, though there is a significant lack of women of color in serious contention. I’m sure I overlooked some but I will be eager to here anyone name a few. The internet is already screaming from their keyboards for five-time nominee Amy Adams in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes.” Definitely a possibility but there’s something in the words and pictures of “Sute francaise” that has me very excited for Michelle Williams. Emily Blunt has THE role in “Into the Woods” and Marion Cotillard has a slew of big pictures this year including “MacBeth.” Jessica Chastain will be a threat for any of her three roles as is Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” according to those who have read the novel. Cate Blanchett would be much higher if I had faith that “Carol” would be finished before the end of the year. Anais Demoustier in “The New Girlfriend” and Lea Seydoux in “The Lobster” are two quirky choices that I hope pan out. Anyone who knows me over the past six years here at the Awards Circuit knows I’m notorious for a Julianne Moore, Year-in-Advanced pick. I’ve resisted in hopes that she will win without me jinxing it early. Sound off about your choices below in the comments. Big year ahead.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
- Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Two years in a row, she’s been nominated. Five nominations in total since 2005. It’s got to be weighing on her and Oscar voters. There’s already early talk that she’s a standout. Is it her time to shine?
- Michelle Williams - Suite française
This adaptation looks to be utilizing all the wonderful things we’ve come to love about Michelle Williams. After three respectable nominations, she’s starting to build the narrative of “overdue.” This could be the one.
- Emily Blunt - Into the Woods
The role won the Tony in Lead Actress. She was a near miss for “The Young Victoria” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” If she nails it, and the film is a success, this is an easy get.
- Marion Cotillard - MacBeth
This looks too good on paper. It’s a travesty that Cotillard hasn’t been nominated since her win. “Public Enemies,” “Nine,” “Inception,” and “Rust & Bone” were all worthy of mentions. I’m a believer.
- Jennifer Garner - Men, Women, & Children
In the past two years, her husband won an Oscar for Best Picture, and last year she was the “third wheel” among Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey. This can easily go supporting but I’m feeling some sentiment coming her way. There’s also that “Juno” snub that still hurts.
THE NEXT FIVE CONTENDERS
- Hilary Swank - The Homesman
According to people who have read the novel, the role is tailor-made for Swank. She was probably #6 for “Conviction” which still shows they still like her (she got the SAG nod).
- Jessica Chastain - Miss Julie
A classic play that is directed and adapted by Liv Ullman. Chastain also looks to have another banner year for herself. They may commit to something like they did with “The Help.”
- Jessica Chastain - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Another film but some have already seen it and say she’s terrific. Three hour run-time may be a bit much but first-time writer/director Ned Benson may provide her a strong chance at Oscar recognition. She also has the loss for “Zero Dark Thirty” under her belt.
- Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Readers of the book say this mention is pretty likely given the role. After charming audiences with her performance in “An Education,” I’m eager to see what Pike can do with a meatier role.
- Jennifer Lawrence - Serena
She’s too hot to handle at the moment, even if some are already saying she’s miscast. What last year showed us, is JLAW is here to say, at least for a while. She’ll also have “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ at the end of the year.
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
- Reese Witherspoon - Wild
- Emma Stone - Untitled Cameron Crowe Project
- Nicole Kidman - The Railway Man
- Nicole Kidman - Grace of Monaco
- Shirley MacLaine - Elsa & Fred
- Cate Blanchett - Carol
- Naomi Watts - While We’re Young
- Scarlett Johansson - Under the Skin
- Anais Demoustier - The New Girlfriend
- Lea Seydoux - The Lobster
ALSO IN CONTENTION
- Kate Winslet - A Little Chaos
- Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
- Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
- Shailene Woodley - White Bird in a Blizzard
- Reese Witherspoon - The Good Lie
- Mia Wasikowska - Tracks
- Mia Wasikowska - Madame Bovary
- Julianne Moore - Map to the Stars
- Christina Hendricks - How to Catch a Monster
- Natalie Portman - Jane Got a Gun
- Carey Mulligan - Far from the Madding Crowd
- Charlize Theron - Dark Places
- Kirsten Dunst - The Two Faces of January
- Juliette Binoche - Sils Maria
- Marion Cotillard - The Immigrant
- Dakota Fanning - Effie Gray
- Nina Hoss - Phoenix
- Imogen Poots - Squirrel to the Nuts
- Emma Stone - Magic in the Moonlight
- Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night
- Angelina Jolie – Maleficent
- Natalie Portman - Knight of Cups
- Charlotte Gainsbourg - Nymphomaniac
- Shailene Woodley - The Fault in Our Stars
- Melissa McCarthy – Tammy
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