2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actresses for an Oscar Win

3. Jessica Chastain

BEST PERFORMANCE: “Miss Sloane” (2016)

A gift from the Oscar Gods, the Juilliard-trained Chastain landed in our laps in 2011 with powerhouse performances in films like “The Help” and “The Tree of Life.” She followed it up in Kathryn Bigelow’s taut thriller “Zero Dark Thirty.” In 2016, she achieved probably her greatest performance yet in John Madden’s luscious “Miss Sloane.” We’ll see her working with Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game“), Susanna White (“Woman Walks Ahead“) and Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife“) in 2017.  This could all lead her to an awards tour of epic proportions.
Clayton Davis