The parade of critic and early precursor awards has gotten underway this week as the Gotham Awards, the New York Film Critic’s Circle and the National Board of Review have handed out their “best of” awards for 2013. A couple of the ladies making up the list below have already been bestowed laurels, but none should be counting their chickens just yet as the best actress field is packed with strong contenders just looking for a little momentum to carry them to Oscar night.
Here’s how things stand for best actress and check out the gallery to see why:
1. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
2. Sandra Bullock – Gravity
3. Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
4. Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
5. Amy Adams – American Hustle
6. Judi Dench – Philomena
7. Brie Larson – Short Term 12
8. Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color
9. Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
10. Berenice Bejo – The Past
Coming up this weekend is the best actor field, where a three-time nominee is making a December charge.