Hello, Bloggers, it's been a month since this year's Oscars took place and I figured since I had so much fun covering those Oscars, I would, just for fun, offer my predictions as to what could be nominated in the main categories for next year's Oscars. I'll start off with my predictions for the nominees for Best Actress and dark horse contenders:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes: This would be Amy Adams' 6th nomination and 3rd nomination in a row which would make her very dangerous in this category if Tim Burton's upcoming biopic turns out to be a hit. The film is about a painter named Margaret Keane, played by Adams, who in a divorce battle with her husband (Christoph Waltz), accuses him of stealing her paintings. Plus, this film is distributed by none other than The Weinstein Company. With all those factors, could this finally be her year?
Emily Blunt, Into The Woods: The only actress in this category who hasn't even been nominated before, Emily Blunt might score a nomination for Into The Woods because it is based off a Tony-winning musical, that's one factor, and is directed by Rob Marshall, who did the Oscar-winning adaptation of Chicago and has scored nominations for his actors in the past. Blunt has come close to an Oscar nod in the past with films like Devil Wears Prada and The Young Victoria, but this could potentially be the year where she gets recognized by the Academy. That all depends on how Into The Woods does.
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year: Chastain looks to have a banner year like how she burst onto the scene back in 2011. This year, she has Christopher Nolan's upcoming film Interstellar, the film adaptation of the play Miss Julie, and the upcoming action flick A Most Violent Year. It's unsure whether or not she has a lead or supporting role, but for now, I'll put her in the lead category.
Michelle Williams, Suite Francaise: This would be Williams' 4th nomination and that could create an overdue narrative. Plus, the film is a romantic story set in the days of Nazi-occupied France and is being distributed by the Weinsteins. That, to me, has Oscar written all over it.
Reese Witherspoon, Wild: Witherspoon may have won Best Actress back in 2006 for Walk the Line, but with her upcoming slate of films, it seems she is looking to recapture her former Oscar glory. A nomination for Wild seems plausible because it is a biopic, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee who just won Oscars for his actors in his last film, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club, and the film looks to be a part of the whole minimalist trend with movies like All Is Lost and Gravity, as the film is about a woman who goes on a 1,100-mile hike.
Natalie Portman (Jane Got A Gun) If the film's behind-the-scenes drama or early release date don't hurt the film too much, Portman could be a plausible contender.
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part I): If Sandra Bullock's nomination for Gravity showed us anything, it's that the Academy is starting to warm up to performances in sci-fi films. Plus, J-Law is J-Law. She also has Serena as a possible contender, but I don't have too much faith in it.
Hilary Swank (The Homesman) Depending on how the film, which doesn't have a release date yet, plays out and whether or not the Academy will think "she already has 2".
Emma Stone (Magic in the Moonlight): The Academy loves Woody Allen's ladies as much as he does. One of them did just win.
Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars): Moore does have 4 nominations, so that's something, and the Academy does like to occasionally nominate actors for starring in David Cronenberg films.
Charlize Theron (Dark Places): The film is based on a best-selling novel and is coming out in September around Oscar season.
So, those are my predictions as of now for who could be nominated for Best Actress and the dark horses that could sneak their way into the "Final Five". Thanks for reading!