2015 Oscar Predictions – Best Actress

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ACTRESS

(UPDATED: JULY 1, 2014)

Where will these ladies be campaigned?  Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Rosamund Pike, and Felicity Jones are all question marks.  Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain look very strong with Michelle Williams also a possibility.  Reese Witherspoon looks to finally make her comeback while Blunt could be our new hot actress winner.  This is all up in the air.  Lots of potentials. 

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1. Amy Adams

Big Eyes
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FOR HER: She scored her fifth nomination last year for "American Hustle" and many were championing an upset for her, making many aware that she is still Oscar-less. I think it may be time.

AGAINST HER: There will be a lot of ladies trying to build the overdue narrative this year. She will be one of a few. It's all about who they go for.

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2. Jessica Chastain

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
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FOR HER: After losing momentum due to controversy surrounding "Zero Dark Thirty," Chastain has another huge year ahead of her, all potentially offering Oscar prospects. The Cannes noise for this performance was deafening.

AGAINST HER: Vote split with herself.

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3. Michelle Williams

Suite française
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FOR HER: Williams has become a force to reckoned with in nearly every film she touches. She's proven to be a talent that the Academy may soon want to reward.

AGAINST HER: If this film falters, she may not be able to overcome the reviews à la "My Week with Marilyn."

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4. Emily Blunt

Into the Woods
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FOR HER: Her role was nominated for a Tony. She was a near miss for "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Young Victoria." It may be her welcome to the club.

AGAINST HER: Meryl Streep if she's campaigned Lead. Or Blunt could go supporting and then Kendrick is her competition.

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5. Reese Witherspoon

Wild
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FOR HER: She's been attempting a comeback for some time and teamed up with Jean-Marc Vallee could finally welcome her back to the club.

AGAINST HER: We've been down this road with her before and we're always let down. I'll wait for reviews.

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6. Marion Cotillard

MacBeth
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FOR HER: It's THE role in Shakespeare's play. This is something that Cotillard could just eat up.

AGAINST HER: It's still not confirmed if this will come out this year. We have to wait it out.

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7. Meryl Streep

Into the Woods
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FOR HER: The Queen of Oscar continues to get juicy roles and be nominated even when critics aren't fully on her side. This is another opportunity to add to her arsenal.

AGAINST HER: They take Meryl breaks every now and again.

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8. Marion Cotillard

Two Days, One Night
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FOR HER: Was definitely in the hunt at Cannes this year when her film received glowing reviews. She's also missed out on many opportunities including "Nine," "Public Enemies," and "Rust & Bone." Her performance in "The Immigrant" helps.

AGAINST HER: Cotillard always looks like an assured thing and then falls off at the end.

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9. Emma Stone

Untitled Cameron Crowe Project
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FOR HER: Emma Stone is on the verge of breaking through with the Academy. Her roles in "The Help" and "Easy A" suggest talent. Teamed with Cameron Crowe could do the trick. Also has "Magic in the Moonlight" from Woody Allen.

AGAINST HER: Crowe isn't as consistent as he used to be. All depends on the final product.

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10. Hilary Swank

The Homesman
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FOR HER: Has two Oscars. Great reviews from Cannes. Many say that the role is tailor-made for her. Is it her big comeback?

AGAINST HER: The reviews were good but some were muted. Others suggested that some won't get it.

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11. Jennifer Lawrence

Serena
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12. Helen Mirren

The Hundred Foot Journey
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13. Kate Winslet

A Little Chaos
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14. Scarlett Johansson

Under the Skin
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15. Charlize Theron

Dark Places
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16. Mia Wasikowska

Madame Bovary
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17. Nina Hoss

Phoenix
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18. Jessica Chastain

Miss Julie
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19. Anne Dorval

Mommy
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20. Cate Blanchett

Carol
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ALSO IN CONTENTION

21 Anais Demoustier – The New Girlfriend

22 Shailene Woodley – White Bird in a Blizzard

23 Reese Witherspoon – The Good Lie

24 Mia Wasikowska – Tracks

25 Kirsten Dunst – The Two Faces of January

26 Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant

27 Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

28 Imogen Poots – Squirrel to the Nuts

29 Emma Stone – Magic in the Moonlight

30 Shailene Woodley – The Fault in our Stars

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

31 Berenice Bejo – The Search

32 Keira Knightley – Begin Again

33 Rooney Mara – Trash

34 Nicole Kidman – Queen of the Desert

35 Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

36 Julianne Moore – Map to the Stars

37 Juliette Binoche – The Clouds of Sils Maria

38 Maggie Smith – My Old Lady

39 Helen Hunt – Ride

40 Anna Kendrick – The Last Five Years

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