2016 Actresses to Watch Out For – Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress

Best Actress:

  • Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans
    • Just coming off of her Oscar win for The Danish Girl, Vikander will be starring in Derek Cianfrance’s (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines)  latest film The Light Between Oceans, which looks amazing.

  • Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals & Story of Your Life
    • Nocturnal Animals is directed & written by Tom Ford, who directed Colin Firth all the way into a Best Actor nomination for A Single Man.
    • Story of Your Life is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) & is written by Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, The Thing).

  • Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train
    • The film is based off the bestselling novel with the same title.  Tate Taylor (The Help) is directing & Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe) is writing.

  • Emma Stone in La La Land

    • The musical drama is directed and written by Oscar nominated writer Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), who drove J.K. Simmons to an Oscar win.

  • Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers
    • A Sci-Fi film directed by Oscar nominated director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) & written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).

  • Jessica Chastain in The Zookeeper’s Wife
    • Niko Caro (North Country, Whale Rider) has had good luck with bringing her Actresses to the Oscars with Charlize Theron for North Country & Keisha Castle-Hughes for Whale Rider. 
  • Lupita Nyong’o in Queen of Kawte
    • This drama is directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair) & written by William Wheeler (The Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist).

  • Marion Cotillard in the Untitled Robert Zemeckis WW2 Project
    • The film is directed by Oscar winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) & written by Steven Knight (Burnt, The Hundred-Foot Journey).

  • Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins
    • This opera singer biography film is directed by Oscar nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) & written by Nicholas Martin. 
  • Naomi Watts in The Book of Henry
    • This drama is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World) & written by Gregg Hurwitz (writer of TV show, V).

  • Nicole Kidman in Lion
    • The biopic drama is directed Garth Davis & written by Luke Davies (Life).
  • Rooney Mara in The Secret Scripture
    • The drama is directed by Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (In America) & written by Johnny Ferguson
  • Zoe Saldana in Nina
    • This musical biopic about Nina Simone is directed & written by Cynthia Mort (The Brave One).

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Laura Dern in The Founder
    • This biopic is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) & written by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler).
  • Laura Linney in Sully
    • This true story is directed by Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby) & written by Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger).

  • Rachel Weisz in The Light Between Oceans
    • Derek Cianfrance’s (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines)  latest film.

  • Rooney Mara in Lion
    • The biopic drama is directed Garth Davis & written by Luke Davies (Life).

  • Sarah Silverman in The Book of Henry
    • This drama is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World) & written by Gregg Hurwitz (writer of TV show, V).
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