Let’s take at look at the Best Actress category for the 2014 Academy Awards and make a pick:
Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Adams is terrific as Christian Bale’s co-grifter partner in this based on a true story of the “pyramid’ scam. Adams has been nominated for four Academy Awards in her career and this might just be the time she walks away with an Oscar.
Cate Blanchette – “Blue Jasmine”
Cate Blanchette just keeps getting better and better. In “Blue Jasmine” she plays a manic depressive that drowns her problems with vodka/ Xanax cocktails. Blanchett picked up wins at the Golden Globes and the SAG for her performance in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and I would not be surprised if she pulled off the clean sweep at the Oscars.
Judi Dench – “Philomena”
In “Philomena,” Judi Dench plays the role of an elderly woman looking for her long lost baby son with the help of a journalist. This based on a true event story is a perfect venue for Dench, who has won just about every award possible in her career.
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, with Bullock at the top of the list. Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts whose space shuttle gets torn apart by a debris field while doing repairs during a space walk. Bullock dominates the movie by appearing in almost every scene of film ─ she may be considered to be the favorite for Best Actress this year.
Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”
How can we have an Academy Awards without nominating Meryl Streep? We can’t. Streep has received her 18th Academy Awards nomination for her role playing a Midwestern family member dealing with the grief of a tragedy.
And the winner is: Cate Blanchette in “Blue Jasmine.”
Watch the Academy Awards March 2.