June Best Actress Predictions

It’s almost July, which means more Oscar-type films are going to slowly be coming out until we reach fall.  At the end of each month, Film Glamour will give updated predictions into Oscar categories, starting with Best Actress.

1. Ruth Negga in Loving: Ruth Negga could very well land her first Oscar nomination for Jeff Nichols’ film, Loving.  This story about an interracial couple who were sentenced to prison in 1958 for exchanging vows is already receiving excellent reviews.  ScreenAnarchy states, “There may be no film more important this year, no performances more moving, no film more beautifully and poetically directed than Loving.”  BBC states, “…Negga, an Ethiopian-Irish actor, balances Mildred’s bravery and resilience with sweet, soft-spoken modesty. Loving may not win an Oscar for best picture, as Spotlight did, but you shouldn’t bet against Negga winning one for best actress.”

2. Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins: Obviously she is an Oscar favorite, and the film is receiving solid reviews.  RTE Interactive is saying, “Streep is, as ever, flawless – to sing as bizarrely as this you have to know how to sing well in the first place – and her chemistry with Grant is moreish in the extreme.”  However, The Hollywood Reporter likes Streep’s performances, but states, “…this is one of the veteran Oscar-winner’s lighter star turns, all graceless clowning and Absolutely Fabulous mannerisms.”  Possibly a Golden Globe nomination instead?

3. Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans: Though we haven’t received any reviews for this film, the trailer shouts Oscar nominee for Alicia Vikander. With Blue Valentine’s director and writer, Derek Cianfrance, bringing this novel to screen, you know it’s going to be a terrific performance.  Alicia Vikander just came off an Oscar win for The Danish Girl, as well, so this would be very good for her.

4. Marion Cotillard in Allied: I would love to see Marion Cotillard back at the Oscars, and Robert Zemeckis’ (director of Cast Away, Forrest Gump) could be her ticket to another Oscar nomination.  She will be playing Marianne, a French agent who falls in love with a French-Canadian spy, Max(played by Brad Pitt).  However, Max is notified that Marianne is likely a Nazi spy and begins to investigate her.

5. Viola Davis in Fences: Davis has already won the Tony for the stage play, so she could be in luck for another Oscar nomination.  The film is about An African American father who struggles with race relations in the US, while trying to raise his family in the 1950s.  Denzel Washington will not only return in the Tony winning lead role alongside Davis, but he is also directing.

6. Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers: This science fiction film is from Oscar nominated director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and is about two hibernation pods that open prematurely on a 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet.  As a result, the two people that awoke are stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from their destination.  With a screenplay from Prometheus writer John Spaihts, this could either be a huge success for Lawrence or just an average popcorn film.

7. Emma Stone in La La Land: Having wowed audiences and the Academy with his film Whiplash, Damien Chazelle returns with a film about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.  Emma Stone will be playing the actress, alongside Ryan Gosling.  Together, the two could make magic, just like they did in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

8. Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train: Emily Blunt is taking the lead in Tate Taylor’s (The Help) adaptation of the best-selling novel.  The novel itself is terrific, and I have faith Blunt will be able to deliver.  This could be this year’s Gone Girl.

9. Isabelle Huppert in Elle: Isabelle Hupert is receiving rave reviews for her performance in the dramatic thriller, Elle.  The Film Stages states, “Elle would be unimaginable without Huppert, who delivers a performance of such virtuosity that she turns what is essentially a raving sciopath into of the most alluring protagonists in recent memory.”

10. Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals: Based on the novel Tony & Susan by Austin Wright, the film is about an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat & symbolic revenge tale.  This could be a juicy role for Adams, with designer and director Tom Ford in charge.

Predicted Five:

  1. Ruth Negga – Loving
  2. Alicia Vikander – The Light Between the Oceans
  3. Viola Davis – Fences
  4. Marion Cotillard – Allied
  5. Emma Stone – La La Land
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