2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ACTRESS
(UPDATED: MARCH 6, 2015)
Julianne Moore has an Oscar. Just wanted to remind you all of that wonderful fact. This year, the ladies are looking as full as ever, at least at this early stage. The same group that says that it was a “weak” year for Actresses last year likely didn’t bother looking outside the standard stock of “Oscar contenders.” There’s always some great choices out there if an Academy member looks hard enough.
At this point, all eyes are on Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan for her already acclaimed work in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn,” which premiered at Sundance and was just given a November release date. If you’re looking for a frontrunner, then Ronan is likely it at the moment. However, there’s plenty of room for some terrific ladies to break in.
The drought has ended for Marion Cotillard finally after being recognized for “Two Days, One Night” this year. Her role in “MacBeth” has the blogosphere very excited. Cate Blanchett is teamed up with Todd Haynes on “Carol” and looks like a role that could offer an abundance of depth and emotion. She’s also in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.” Woody Allen has Emma Stone once again but “Irrational Man” sounds so much better than “Magic in the Moonlight.”
Queen Meryl Streep has Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash” at the tail end of the summer while another veteran by the name of Lily Tomlin has received exceptional word-of-mouth praise for “Grandma” from Paul Weitz. Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence is back with David O. Russell as a thirty-something year mother in “Joy” while Charlize Theron has the lead role in boyfriend Sean Penn’s follow-up to “Into the Wild” called “The Last Face.”
Carmen Ejogo is playing the muse of Ethan Hawke’s jazz musician in “Born to be Blue,” which could be a hefty role (though could easily go supporting). Naomi Watts will be alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in “Demolition” while Nicole Kidman has three films out this year, likely having “Genius” as her best shot at Oscar attention. Amy Schumer‘s written “Trainwreck” looks all kinds of awesome and we can only pray that something as cool as Schumer getting nominated for an Oscar is in the realm of possibility.
Carey Mulligan also has a two-punch attack with “Suffragette” and the remake of “Far from the Madding Crowd.” I think its time for her to get her second fixing of Oscar. Kristen Stewart has a lot of projects this year of the independent world such as “Equals” and “American Ultra.” Her transition to serious actress is almost complete. Watch out for her. I’d keep an eye on Drew Barrymore, an actress who’s been around for decades and hasn’t received her proper due yet. Call it a hunch.
Surely there’s more. Sound off about them.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Saoirse RonanBrooklyn
2. Marion CotillardMacBeth
3. Cate BlanchettCarol
4. Emma StoneIrrational Man
5. Emma WatsonRegression
THE NEXT FIVE
6. Meryl StreepRicki and the Flash
7. Jennifer LawrenceJoy
8. Lily TomlinGrandma
9. Carmen EjogoBorn to be Blue
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
11. Naomi WattsDemolition
12. Angelina JolieBy the Sea
13. Gugu Mbatha-RawThe Whole Truth
14. Rooney MaraCarol
15. Margot RobbieZ for Zachariah
16. Charlize TheronThe Last Face
19. Carey MulliganFar from the Madding Crowd
20. Ellen PageFreeheld
*=could go supporting
**=could get pushed to 2016
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