With the Oscar nominations right around the corner and the critics’ awards nearly complete, it’s that time of the year folks where we all wonder and debate who will be honored with a nomination Oscar morning. Right now it seems that the women who will be nominated are Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, and Michelle Williams. But while some of these women may be a lock for a nomination, we all know there’s plenty of room for upset. So let’s go through the performances that have a chance to score a nomination January 24th.
Viola Davis- The Help
Viola Davis has had a pretty good couple of years. In 2008, she received her first Academy Award nomination for Doubt, this year she is a lock to receive her second nomination for The Help. Her performance as Aibileen is powerful from beginning to end as a maid who just wants to be free from life she was born into. Davis won the Broadcast Critics award, and received nominations from the Golden Globes and SAGs. Viola Davis fought to be considered for Best Actress, and now she just might win the whole damn thing.
Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady
These days Meryl Streep always seems to be a lock regardless of the role. Streep plays Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. It has been said that Streep embodies Thatcher by making her voice and facial expressions spot on. She becomes Margaret Thatcher and if she can get nominated for being Julia Child, she will have no problem getting a nomination here. In the end, she got the Golden Globe, a SAG nomination and it’s Meryl Streep, she’s a lock for Best Actress. Surprise, surprise.
Michelle Williams- My Week With Marilyn
I did not like this performance and I don’t believe Williams embodied Marilyn Monroe the way everybody is saying she did. I feel that if she was playing a character that wasn’t Marilyn, the performance would be magnificent, but I don’t agree with all the love she is receiving for this role. But luckily to those who love this performance, it’s not up to me whether or not she gets nominated. Williams has received nominations from the critics and Sags and won at the Globes. Williams is a definite lock to be nominated.
Glenn Close- Albert Nobbs
Albert Nobbs is one of the sloppiest films I think I’ve seen all year, but there is no denying that Close gives one hell of a performance as a woman posing as a male butler to get by. Close’s transformation is acting at its finest. All Albert wants is to be accepted and not be alone and Close’s performance is absolutely heartbreaking. Close missed out with the critics, but received nominations from the Globes and Sag’s. The five time nominee has a lot of people rooting for her to not only get nominated, but to win. I’m still not positive if she will receive a nomination, but with so many people rooting for her, I think she might just get it.
Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin
If you’ve seen We Need to Talk About Kevin, you are aware of how messed up the movie is. Swinton plays a terrible mother raising an evil child. She spends the entirety of the film walking around in this empty shell filled with grief, guilt and shame. Her performance was absolutely mesmerizing. I would love to say she is a shoe in for Best Actress but I wouldn’t consider her a lock just yet. She has received acclaim from the Critics, Globes and Sags. I am almost positive she will win her spot.
Rooney Mara- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Academy is all about transformation, and it’s obvious that Rooney Mara has gone through one of the most talked about transformations this year playing Lisabeth Salander. When I first heard about Mara taking on this role I was right away intrigued with how she would play the famous character. I think she pulled it off brilliantly and when I was sitting in the theater I kept hoping she would get more screen time. Lisabeth is a broken character who refuses to be broken and Mara brought a slight vulnerability to such a ruthless and closed in character. Mara received a nomination at the Globes but I think she’ll miss the Oscars. I believe people are more blown away by the transformation than the actual acting itself. I mean how many times do people need to ask if she still has her piercings?
Charlize Theron- Young Adult
If it were up to me, Charlize Theron would be nominated in a heartbeat. Theron gave one of the best female performances of the year in Young Adult, playing a woman so in denial it’s pathetic and quite hard to watch. I know Monster is her darkest role but this role is a close second. She played it with such anger and disillusion and it was by far one of her best performances. She was recognized by the critics and the Globes but I wouldn’t count on that nomination
Elizabeth Olsen- Martha Marcy May Marlene
Olsen is the new indie queen. She was receiving a lot of buzz in the beginning of the season but it’s died down quite a bit when the big names came into play. If the category wasn’t already so filled she would have a shot, but she has plenty of good roles ahead of her. She recieved a nomination from the critics but she’ll miss out on the Academy. She’ll get her nomination one day.
Kirsten Dunst- Melancholia
This would be the surprise nomination of the morning. Since the awards season began Dunst has been recognized by many critics groups. I don’t think it will happen for her this year, but every year there’s always one surprise nominee.
We’re all aware anything can happen Oscar morning, snubs of possible frontrunners, and surprises we kept hoping for all season and never thought would happen. Joey had made a remark in his article “Snubs and Surprises”, stating if anybody were to get left off the list Oscar morning it would be Glenn Close, and I happen to agree with him. While Glenn Close gave a standout performance, I feel as though she would only be receiving a career nomination and I have never agreed with that type of nomination. I believe right now that Close is a lock, but in reality, nobody is a lock until there name is announced as a nominee.
Anna’s Final Five: Glenn Close- Albert Nobbs Viola Davis- The Help Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin Michelle Williams- My Week with Marilyn