CONFIRMATION! Jessica Chastain Will Compete in Lead Actress at the Oscars for ‘A Most Violent Year’

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It was speculated over the past few months that “it girl (again)” Jessica Chastain would compete in Supporting Actress for her upcoming role in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which finally got a trailer and release date today.  It has been confirmed by the awards consultants behind the film that Ms. Chastain will compete in Lead Actress for the Academy Awards.

After delivering a powerful performance in Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby earlier this month, Chastain was already thought of as a strong contender despite some mixed reviews for the film.  Now it looks like the focus for Chastain will move to her role as a supportive wife in Chandor’s film opposite Oscar Isaac.  She also has a role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar due out in November.

What does this do for her awards chances?  Well, if it’s a home run performance, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and Felicity Jones will have some big competition (as if they don’t already despite being thin for major contenders).  Test screenings have occurred, and while you have to take them with a grain of salt, they seem to be very favorable of Chastain’s work.  Worst case scenario is Chastain vote splits with herself and doesn’t land for either film.  Perhaps they gravitate towards her work in Nolan’s film which is said to definitely be supporting.  With two nominations under her belt for The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, I think Chastain will be on everyone’s radar no matter what the outcome.  We could have a dark horse in the race now.

A24 Films has a lot of confidence with their film, and with a likely bow sometime before its New Year’s Eve release, the film already joins a very heated Oscar race.  Oscar Predictions will be updated before the end of the weekend to reflect the changes.  The race continues…

A Most Violent Year opens in theaters December 31 (limited).