Best Actress might once again be competitive this year considering the many legitimate names we might have in the mix. While it is too early to tell who will get in the Final Five, it's still so much fun to figure out head on who will make the cut. Let's take a look:
1. Viola Davis, Fences: Depending on if the film is ready on time for this year's awards season, I can very well picture a scenario where Viola Davis wins Best Actress. She's already got an Emmy and two Tonys under her belt while she came very close to winning this category at her last outing with The Help. So, she's likely holding an IOU right about now. Also, she won a Tony for the role she will be playing in Fences. So she'll have no problem owning it on screen. Complete your Triple Crown, Queen Viola!
2. Amy Adams, Story Of Your Life/Nocturnal Animals: She certainly won't be winning for Batman v. Superman which'll be out in a few weeks. But she might at least be nominated for one of the two other films she's got lined up for this year. She does have a 0-5 record so they do like the girl. If Viola Davis doesn't quite pan out, we shall see if Adams becomes aggressive to finally win.
3. Jessica Chastain, The Zookeeper's Wife: On paper, this seems like a no-brainer. A previous two-time nominee doing a Holocaust movie. We'll just have to wait and see how the film is received.
4. Emily Blunt, The Girl On The Train: This must happen. Blunt. Must. Finally. Happen!!!
5. Alicia Vikander, The Light Between Oceans: Fresh from her Oscar win, Vikander has another prestige picture lined up that looks like it could have her back at the ceremony. It also helps that she might have yet another banner year with the Bourne sequel coming out over the summer as well.
Waiting On The Wings:
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins: Because she's Meryl. Duh.
Emma Stone, La La Land: The film did just get an awards season release in December.
Ruth Negga, Loving: Will she overcome the fact she's an unknown?
Jennifer Lawrence, Passengers: She has already become an Oscar perennial with 1 win and 3 other nominations under her belt. Will she score a 5th for what looks to be this year's Martian (a movie with bankable movie stars in space)?
Rooney Mara, Una: She does have 2 nominations to her name and she plays the title character in a film based on a play. So it could be a strong acting showcase for her.
Marion Cotillard, Five Seconds of Silence: Oscar winner + Zemeckis +World War II= third overall nomination, first for an English language performance?