Oscar Circuit: Best Actress

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Our look at the individual Oscar categories continue.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Actress.

And the Nominees are:

  • Amy Adams — American Hustle
  • Sandra Bullock — Gravity
  • Cate Blanchett — Blue Jasmine
  • Judi Dench — Philomena
  • Meryl Streep — August: Osage County

Some might say this is the easiest of the major Oscar categories to figure out, but a last-minute inclusion by four-time nominee Amy Adams ensures that the “Best Actress” Oscar is far from a done deal. This is one of those years where every single actress in the lineup is beloved by The Academy, so whoever wins will do so because of something that’s in addition to their performance. Maybe they’ve campaigned harder, maybe their narrative is more appealing to voters, maybe their film is a favorite among a certain branch or several…who knows. All I know is that this has been a strange awards season, and I’m not so sure precursors can determine the winner as simply as some feel they might. This category, in particular, is known to shock on occasion. I think we might be in store for an upset on March 2nd, which leads me to…