Same procedure as last week, folks! This week, I am taking a look at the Best Actress category at the forthcoming Oscars. Are Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, or the legend that is Meryl Streep getting another golden statue, or will someone new get to finally give a speech with an Oscar in-hand?
Just like with the Best Actor predictions, I’ll start by listing my top five candidates in alphabetical order (for movies), I’ll also give a list of other potential contenders for the nomination. Again, I must remind you that I have not seen most of these films. So, this is tough.
Predicted Best Actress Nominees – As of October 2017
Emma Stone — BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Will Emma Stone really get two Best Actress wins in a row? Probably not. Now, I haven’t seen the film, but, supposedly, she is even better as Billie Jean King than she was in La La Land. That is high praise, in my opinion. If that is, indeed, the case, then she is a shoo-in for a nomination.
Margot Robbie — I, TONYA
No trailer yet, sorry. The critics that have seen the film are flinging a lot of praise Robbie’s way already, and I think this could be her first Oscar nomination. I think an entire continent will be yelling “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi, Oi, Oi” at their TV screens in early 2018.
Meryl Streep — THE POST
Again. No trailer yet, sorry. Meryl Streep in a Steven Spielberg movie. Need I say more? This is one of the greatest actresses of all-time, and even though I have no idea how important her character will be to the film, I feel confident in saying she’ll definitely earn a nomination.
Sally Hawkins — THE SHAPE OF WATER
I really hope this is Guillermo Del Toro’s year, and if it, indeed, is, then Sally Hawkins may be on her way to the Oscar stage.
Frances McDormand — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
McDormand is delightfully foul-mouthed in this trailer for a film with a topic matter that demands attention. I’m very intrigued by this movie, and I adore the trailer.
Other Potential Contenders:
- Michelle Williams — ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
- Annette Bening — FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
- Saoirse Ronan — LADY BIRD
- Jessica Chastain — MOLLY’S GAME
- Jennifer Lawrence — mother!
- Carey Mulligan — MUDBOUND
- Judi Dench — VICTORIA & ABDUL
- Kate Winslet — WONDER WHEEL
- Gal Gadot — WONDER WOMAN
I’m putting Gadot on this list simply because the studio supposedly wants to give Wonder Woman an awards push, but I just don’t see it happening. I also don’t think Lawrence will get another nomination, but I did think she was very good in mother! I think Chastain, Winslet, and Ronan are the biggest contenders not listed in my top five based, well, purely on hearsay, speculation, and early reviews. If I missed anything or any potential contender, then please point it out in the comments.
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– Jeffrey Rex