Academy members tend not to have the longest memories. Films that came out in the summer start to feel like they debuted two years ago once voting opens at the end of December. Still, Academy members have been saying Cate Blanchett is the frontrunner for the Best Actress award ever since Blue Jasmine came out in July, and — remarkably — she has maintained that status.
Meryl Streep is likely to get nominated for her transformative performance as a cancer-stricken, venom-spewing Oklahoma matriarch in August: Osage County. It’s the kind of scenery-chewing role actors wish they could sink their teeth into, but it also has received a lot of criticism for being a little too over the top and actor-y.
Amy Adams is an Academy favorite, and she has never been sexier or more seductive than in American Hustle, playing a con-artist whose entire life seems to be one big show. Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks and Sandra Bullock for Gravity are solid nominees, so Adams is vying for a slot against Judi Dench’s feisty, aging Irish mother in Philomena, which is also gaining in the race. It’s too soon to know which will make the cut.
1. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
2. Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
3. Sandra Bullock, Gravity
4. Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
5. Amy Adams, American Hustle
6. Judi Dench, Philomena
7. Kate Winslet, Labor Day
8. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
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