Saturday, January 18, 2014

Oscars 2014: Best Actress

Hello, Bloggers, since the Oscar nominees were announced a couple days ago, I figured I'd give an in-depth look at the major categories. I got inspired to do this by watching past Oscar coverage from my favorite online film journalist known as Grace Randolph, whose show on YouTube is known as Beyond The Trailer. If you haven't watched it, I would highly recommend you give a few of her videos a watch because she is really good and informative. Anyways, here are the nominees for Best Actress, or what I like to call, a Clash of The Titans:

Amy Adams, American Hustle: This is Amy Adams' 5th overall nomination and first for Best Actress, and she has yet to win. She is the only nominee in this category that hasn't won yet, so not only does that make her very dangerous, but the "overdue" factor as well. Plus, she has the momentum of a Golden Globe win and Critics' Choice win. So, if there is any actress that'll have a shot at an upset, then it'll more than likely be Adams. Even if she doesn't win, she'll still be destined to deliver more Oscar-worthy work in the near future.

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine: Blanchett has been the frontrunner to win the golden statue ever since the film came back out in July, which says a lot because usually the top categories usually have a frontrunner at the end of the year during awards season. This is also Blanchett's 6th overall nomination and 3rd for Best Actress, and her previous win was back in 2005 for her supporting turn as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. But even though she is the frontrunner, even if she doesn't win, she still has plenty of work lined up, so a loss would do little damage.

Sandra Bullock, Gravity: This is Bullock's 2nd nomination after her previous win for her leading turn in The Blind Side. Since she just won a few years ago, she doesn't have much of a shot at winning. But her 2nd nomination not only showcases her dramatic chops as an actress, but proves to her naysayers that her win for The Blind Side wasn't a fluke, and I might be one of the few that don't think her win was. Another positive about this nomination is that she is nominated for a sci-fi film and the last time that happened I believe is when Sigourney Weaver was nominated for Aliens, and she was recognized for her work in a film where she mostly acts with herself.

Judi Dench, Philomena: Even though the most likely actress to pull off an upset is Amy Adams, there is also Judi Dench to watch out for. This may be her 7th nomination and she may have won before for her supporting turn in Shakespeare in Love, but who knows how many chances she'll have at winning a lead actress Oscar and joining the likes of Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, and Jessica Lange, which would of course happen to Cate Blanchett if she wins. Plus, Dench has none other than Harvey Weinstein at her corner, so he's one to watch out for. I know that Blanchett is still the frontrunner, but I'm just saying that, like with sports, there are always upsets at the Oscars, and in a race as competitive as this, anything is possible, even Dench winning for what could be her last nomination.

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County: Surprise! Surprise! Meryl Streep is nominated again. This is her 18th nomination and she continues to break her own record. Since I'm not holding my breath on her winning her 4th anytime soon, and I highly doubt that she cares about winning a 4th, I'll just marvel at how amazing it is that Streep has shown what an actress can accomplish when she cares more about her craft than being "America's Sweetheart". Plus, at the age of 64, when most of her contemporaries stop working, she still delivers solid work and continues to prove why she is an inspiration for every young actress.


So, those are the nominees for Best Actress, or as I like to call it, the Clash of the Titans. I'll continue to do more Oscar coverage up until March 2, when the Oscars take place. Thanks for reading!