Last year Jennifer Lawrence grabbed the best actress lead in the beginning of January and never let go. Lawrence’s seemingly inevitable run to the Oscar was a sprint, however, compared to that of Cate Blanchett, who has been the favorite since “Blue Jasmine” premiered back in late July. Recent controversy has had people questioning her status. If that is the case, which of her fellow nominees is most ready to strike? Read the full list to find out where all the best actress nominees rank three weeks before the Oscars.
1. Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Despite the scandal that has engulfed her “Blue Jasmine” director, Woody Allen, it will take more than that to stop Cate Blanchett from securing her second Academy Award. As much backlash as there has been against Allen, Blanchett will avoid it; their not going to sacrifice Blanchett to the clamoring masses simply because she is the most recent associate of Allen. The performance will hold out, and if anyone wants to beat her it will have to be on merit more than anything else.
2. Amy Adams - American Hustle
Jennifer Lawrence has been getting all the praise for another lively performance in a David O. Russell movie, but it is Amy Adams' more subtle performance that for my money is the best of the film. Adams’ character is the audience’s true emotional contact and she manages it splendidly. As one of the four “Hustle” actors nominated, you’d think that one of them would be able to push through for a win, besides Lawrence, Adams likely has the best chance.
3. Sandra Bullock - Gravity
The race for best actress was close to being a rematch from 2009 with Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep both firmly in the hunt, but neither were ready for a Blanchett steam roll. Bullock had long been the alternative for her brilliant and mostly solo performance in “Gravity.” What has brought Bullock down is the success of “Gravity’s” technical side, including director Alfonso Cuaron. In a super crowded year in all categories, will they really throw another bone on the already stacked plate?
4. Judi Dench - Philomena
It is safe to say that Judi Dench gives the most pleasing performance of the year in “Philomena.” As a sweet and funny Irish lady who only wants to reconnect with the son she had taken from her years ago, Dench is a treat to watch. The spell Dench and company cast on Academy members that led “Philomena” to 4 Oscar nominations, it has likely worn off in the face of this field’s competition.
5. Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Adding another tally to her already record-breaking number of acting nominations is all Meryl Streep is going to get to do this year. She will have to wait longer if she wants to tie Katherine Hepburn for most acting wins. They made her wait 30 plus years for number 3, and despite the immensely entertaining scenery chewing she pulls off, another win only 2 years later isn’t going to happen.