Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. For today's topic, I figured I'd discuss a factor in awards season that has REALLY pleased me recently. That is how competitive Best Actress this year. Normally, I hear complaints about how Best Actress is notoriously hard to fill. I think that is because people aren't looking hard enough for the juiciest performances, but I digress.
The first actress that I feel is pretty safe for a nod is Cate Blanchett for Carol. Yet, she'll also be competing for her equally-raved work in Truth. Also, Brie Larson for Room seems pretty safe and Larson is finally getting the true breakthrough she has deserved for quite some time with her raved work. Jennifer Lawrence is throwing her hat back in the Oscar race with the Miracle Mop biopic Joy and according to early test screenings, buzz is quite loud on her performance.
Now onto others who aren't quite safe, yet are still looking competitive to enter the Final Five. Saoirse Ronan has just opened with Brooklyn which has done pretty nicely in its limited run and her rave reviews can allow her to be welcomed back to the ceremony after her first nomination for Atonement back in 2007.
But how about some of the more veteran names out there? Some of whom haven't gotten their due yet. Such names include Lily Tomlin for Grandma, Blythe Danner for I'll See You In My Dreams, and Best Actress winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years.
It has also been a good year for genre ladies as well with Charlize Theron's already iconic turn as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road which is looking to score major love including in Best Picture. Theron's work has drawn comparisons to Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley and Weaver did score an Oscar nomination for Aliens back in 1986. We also have Emily Blunt as the Clarice Starling-esque Kate in crime thriller Sicario as well.
Wait, I haven't even gotten to the indie dark horses yet. Sarah Silverman earned strong notices for her work as an addict in I Smile Back, allowing the possibility of her pulling a Cake (comedian going serious like Jennifer Aniston). Bel Powley was quite a breakout in the little seen Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Kitana "Kiki" Rodriguez looks to make history as the first transgendered actress to get an Oscar nod for Tangerine.
Also, while they are quite a longshot at the Oscars, if funny ladies Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer get in at the Globes and Critics Choice Awards for Best Actress-Comedy for Spy and Trainwreck, I would expect them to be dark horses as well.
What do you guys think? Do you agree that it is a killer year for actresses? Also, how do you feel about the claims that Best Actress is always hard to fill? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!