2018 Oscar Predictions – BEST ACTRESS

(UPDATED – MARCH 11, 2017)

There are many female driven vehicles looking for distribution this year but what’s on the docket is some serious talent.  Jessica Chastain paired with Aaron Sorkin seems like a match made in heaven with “Molly’s Game” while Rooney Mara takes on the biblical role of “Mary Magdalene.”  When Julianne Moore won her long-awaited Oscar for “Still Alice” in 2014, that gave us hope for many overdue actresses still waiting their moment in the sun.  One of those was Michelle Pfeiffer, who has received great praise out of Sundance for her work in “Where is Kyra?” formally known as “Beat-up Little Seagull.”  Also on the docket are turns from Brie Larson (“The Glass Castle”), Judi Dench (“Victoria and Abdul”), recent winner Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”) and double trouble coming from Kate Winslet (“The Mountain Between Us” and “Wonder Wheel”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Mother!” and “Red Sparrow”), and Elle Fanning (“Mary Shelley” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”).

    AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Jessica Chastain
    "Molly's Game" (STX Entertainment)

  2. Rooney Mara
    "Mary Magdalene" (Universal Pictures)

  3. Judi Dench
    "Victoria and Abdul" (The Weinstein Company)

  4. Michelle Pfeiffer
    "Where is Kyra?" (No U.S. Distribution)

  5. Emma Stone
    "Battle of the Sexes" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  6. THE NEXT FIVE:

  7. Meryl Streep
    "The Post" (20th Century Fox)

  8. Frances McDormand
    "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  9. Brie Larson
    "The Glass Castle" (Lionsgate)

  10. Kate Winslet
    "The Mountain Between Us" (20th Century Fox)

  11. Jennifer Lawrence
    "Mother!" (Paramount Pictures)

  12. OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

  13. Isabelle Huppert
    "Happy End" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  14. Carey Mulligan
    "Mudbound" (Netflix)

  15. Kirsten Dunst
    "Woodshock" (A24)

  16. Elle Fanning
    "Mary Shelley" (No U.S. Distribution)

  17. Cynthia Nixon
    "A Quiet Passion" (Music Box Films)

  18. Mackenzie Davis
    "Tully" (No U.S. Distribution)

  19. Natalie Portman
    "Annihilation" (Paramount Pictures)

  20. Sally Hawkins
    "The Shape of Water" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  21. Marion Cotillard
    "Ismael's Ghosts" (Magnolia Pictures)

  22. Kate Winslet
    "Wonder Wheel" (Amazon Studios)

  23. OTHER CONTENDERS

  24. Rachel Weisz
    "My Cousin Rachel" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  25. Sally Hawkins
    "Maudie" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  26. Sareum Srey Moch
    "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" (Netflix)

  27. Jennifer Lawrence
    "Red Sparrow" (20th Century Fox)

  28. Raffey Cassidy
    "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (A24)

  29. Nicole Kidman
    "The Beguiled" (Focus Features)

  30. Diane Lane
    "Felt" (Universal Pictures)

  31. Millicent Simmonds
    "Wonderstruck" (Amazon Studios)

  32. Alicia Vikander
    "Submergence" (No U.S. Distribution)

  33. Elle Fanning
    "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" (A24)

  34. OTHER POSSIBILITIES:

  35. Riley Keough
    "Under the Silver Lake" (A24)

  36. Daniela Vega
    "A Fantastic Woman" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  37. Jane Fonda
    "Our Souls at Night" (Netflix)

  38. Lea Seydoux
    "Zoe" (No U.S. Distribution)

  39. Saoirse Ronan
    "Lady Bird" (No U.S. Distribution)

  40. Debra Winger
    "The Lovers" (A24)

  41. Ahn Seo-hyun
    "Okja" (Netflix)

  42. Rosamund Pike
    "High Wire Act" (No U.S. Distribution)

  43. Eva Green
    "Based on a True Story" (No U.S. Distribution)

  44. Jessica Chastain
    "Woman Walks Ahead" (No U.S. Distribution)

UNRANKED CONTENDERS

Alicia Vikander, “Euphoria” — Amanda Stenberg, “Where Hands Touch” — Amy Schumer, “Snatched” — Carey Mulligan, “Wildlife” — Charlize Theron, “Atomic Blonde” — Diane Kruger, “In the Fade” — Elisabeth Moss, “The Square” — Emily Browning, “Golden Exits” — Laura Linney, “The Dinner” — Marina de Tavira, “Roma” — Rooney Mara, “Song to Song” — Ruth Wilson, “Dark River” — Scarlett Johansson, “Rough Night” — Stacy Martin, “Redoubtable”

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  • TomNewYorker

    My Prediction will be

    Brie Larson-The Glass Castle
    Charlize Theron-Tully
    Emma Stone-Battle of the Sexes
    Jennifer Lawrence-Mother!
    Judi Dench-Victoria and Abdul

  • Eugene Velasquez

    Saoirse Ronan – On Chesil Beach

  • Bob

    No Emma Thompson for The Children Act anywhere in at least the top 40? She’s being directed by Richard Eyre, who got Kate Winslet a nomination for Iris, Cate Blanchett a nomination for Notes on a Scandal, Jim Broadbent a win for Iris and Judi Dench a nomination for both Iris and Notes on a Scandal.