Thursday, April 25, 2024

Oscars: Best Actress Category Has Never Locked Up This Early, With Lots of Big Names Involved


It’s only October 11th, but the Best Actress category for the Oscars is already locking up. There are more than enough potential nominees, and plenty of names out there still to be heard from. Usually, Best Actress produces one or two contenders, and then there’s a rush to gather up the remaining few. Not so this year.

And who’s to say who the leader of the pack is? Everyone has a different idea.

But I’d rank them this way right now:

  1. Annette Bening– 20th Century Women
  2. Emma Stone– La La Land
  3. Natalie Portman– Jackie
  4. Meryl Streep– Florence Foster Jenkins
  5. Viola Davis*– Fences (which no one has seen but she won the Tony on Broadway)
  6. Amy Adams– either Arrival, or Nocturnal Animals
  7. Ruth Negga–Loving
  8. Jessica Chastain*– Miss Sloane (also largely unseen)
  9. Kristen Stewart– Personal Shopper or Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkI
  10. Isabelle Huppert– Elle

What a great problem to have! And Best Supporting Actress is also getting might crowded:

  1. Nicole Kidman—Lion
  2. Michelle Williams–Manchester by the Sea
  3. Elle Fanning–20th Century Women
  4. Greta Gerwig– 20th Century Women
  5. Margo Martindale– The Hollars
  6. Aja Naomi King– Birth of a Nation
  7. Octavia Spencer– Hidden Figures
  8. Taraji P. Henson– Hidden Figures

And lurking out there– still, some surprises to come…What a great problem to have!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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