We have no idea what this category could turn into. We could get some double dipping from Into the Woods or Suite Francaise or Men, Women, & Children. I believe this category could belong to Julianne Moore if she’s campaigned here after her win at the Cannes Film Festival for Map to the Stars. Anna Kendrick could give her a run for the money, that’s if neither Emily Blunt or Meryl Streep joins her. This is going to be interesting.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Julianne Moore
Map to the Stars
FOR HER: 4 Oscar nominations later this brilliant actress is still without. After winning at the Cannes Film Festival, this could finally get her that long overdue recognition.
AGAINST HER: We've been down this road before and she always comes up short. Also, she could be campaigned lead.
2. Anna Kendrick
Into the Woods
FOR HER: Previous nominee for "Up in the Air" and continues to consistently deliver in blockbusters like "Pitch Perfect." This could be a winning ticket for her based on the role.
AGAINST HER: Internal competition, namely Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt who could both swing in this category.
3. Rosamund Pike
FOR HER: Her character is said to be simply fantastic in the novel. If they go for the film, she will likely be a come along nominee/winner.
AGAINST HER: Many are unsure where she'll be campaigned. Hopefully they decide and stick to it.
4. Patricia Arquette
FOR HER: The buzz has been very positive for her from Sundance. This could be one of the great surprises of the year and represent for the film in a big way.
AGAINST HER: The film is smaller and rather ambitious and the Academy has been known to ignore those types of films unfortunately. The campaign will be key.
5. Judy Greer
Men, Women, & Children
FOR HER: This great actress has been a dependable supporting player for years. I'm sure she siphoned votes from Shailene Woodley for "The Descendants." Teamed up with Jason Reitman might give her some much needed recognition.
AGAINST HER: Internal competition with Jennifer Garner. Where will she be placed?
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6. Jennifer Garner
Men, Women, & Children
FOR HER: Mrs. Ben Affleck gave her finest performance in the last Jason Reitman film in which she starred. She was also probably a near miss last year for "Dallas Buyers Club" based on how great that film did.
AGAINST HER: Internal competition.
7. Jessica Chastain
A Most Violent Year
FOR HER: Another interesting role that Chastain may be able to sink her teeth into (based on the rumors). It looks to be her year again.
AGAINST HER: Too many roles, especially if they're all good, will leave the Academy confused on a choice.
8. Kristin Scott Thomas
FOR HER: We only have so much more time left with this phenomenal actress that has only one Oscar nomination under her belt. This could be a big chance for her.
AGAINST HER: How big is her role and there are other ladies in the film that may be vying for attention.
9. Naomi Watts
FOR HER: Is allowing herself to take on new and inventive roles each and every year. An Oscar win is bound to happen for her soon.
AGAINST HER: She probably carries the stink of "Diana" still. Emma Stone.
10. Viola Davis
Get on Up
FOR HER: Last time she teamed up with Tate Taylor, she narrowingly lost the Oscar. As the suffering/supportive mother role, she could have her chance at redemption.
AGAINST HER: How much screen time will she have?
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