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Oscar Breakdown: Best Actress

Earlier this week, I shared my predictions as to who will take home the Academy Award for Best Actor. As hard of a task as that was, this year’s Best Actress category is far more difficult to determine a winner as all five nominees at one point or another stood a chance of winning my favorite award of the night.

At this point, I can confidently say there are a couple who we can assume will not win and there are a couple that pose a big toss-up. It’s time to reveal my predictions for who will win this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress. To determine this, I am taking in to consideration each actress’s performance, history with the Oscars, and public opinion. So here we go…

I will be ranking my prediction from this year’s least likely winner to my final prediction to win the Oscar.

Let’s go!

Olivia Colman for The Favourite

Total Nominations: 1 (First Nomination), Total Wins: 0

Olivia Colman’s over the top portrayal of Queen Anne is the type of performance Oscar voters love. While I do expect to see The Favourite take home a few of it's 9 Oscar nominations, I do not think that Colman’s fashionably brilliant performance will win the coveted trophy. Nevertheless, a very deserved nomination.

Yalitza Aparicio for Roma

Total Nominations: 1 (First Nomination), Total Wins: 0

The fact that Yalitza Aparicio received an Oscar nomination for her first performance on film really says just how brilliant she was as a leading star in this foreign language film that currently leads the list of Oscar nominees with 10 nominations. While this is clearly a fantastic breakout role and I appreciate The Academy recognizing Aparicio’s work in this film, I do not expect to see her win the Oscar.

Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Total Nominations: 2, Total Wins: 0

I have said this for years, although Melissa McCarthy is more known for her comedic contributions to film, all she needs is that one defining dramatic role to catapult her to Oscar glory. While Can You Ever Forgive Me? is the perfect opportunity for McCarthy to again show her range as an actress, the next two nominees stand a far stronger chance of winning. But don’t worry, Melissa McCarthy will receive her Oscar one day!


Glenn Close for The Wife


Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born

Glenn Close: Total Nominations: 7, Total Wins: 0

Lady Gaga: Total Nominations: 1 (First Nomination), Total Wins: 0

I know this seems like a major cop out but HERE ME OUT.

First of all, Glenn Close holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for an Actor without a win (7). And while I think it is absurd that Close doesn’t have AT LEAST 2 Academy Awards (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), I can’t help but feel like the universal praise over her performance in The Wife was sort of, well…forced upon us. I know, I know! It’s Glenn FUCKING Close. She can do no wrong! But that’s precisely my point. What about her brilliant performance in The Wife stands above her work in films like Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, and Albert Nobbs? Don’t let my suspicions about Close’s recent nomination stop you from thinking for one second it isn’t an Oscar-worthy performance. Glenn Close is way overdue for an Oscar and I’d just like to know that she is being honored because of her performance, not her exemptions in the past.

And now on to Lady Gaga. This performance was the highlight of the year. Period. I don’t think a single person, including myself, who has been a huge fan of Lady Gaga since day one (Little Monster right here!) knew what to expect when they saw A Star Is Born. But Lady Gaga delivered in a way that truly reflected the title of the film…A Star Is Born. And those who say Lady Gaga had it easier because she is a singer playing a singer, shame on you! Lady Gaga is an artist and what she did in A Star Is Born was quite possibly the best film debut of an artist I have ever seen.

At the 1969 Academy Awards, The Best Actress category resulted in a tie. Katharine Hepburn receiving her fourth Oscar for The Lion in Winter and Barbra Streisand for her major film debut in Funny Girl. Here we are, 50 years later and we have a highly accomplished actress and a talented musical artist being nominated in the same category. At this year’s Critic’s Choice Awards, Glenn Close and Lady Gaga tied for Best Actress. The race hasn’t been this close in years and I think that there is something in the air and I would love to see both women receive the honor of Best Actress.

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on February 24th at 8:00 PM EST (5:00 PM PST), airing live on ABC.

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My name is Cody James. Welcome to my blog - Some Like It Hollywood!

Since I was a kid, movies have always been my virtual escape from reality.

I love ALL TYPES of films from every era and enjoy talking about them.

I currently host a movie review segment on 102.9 W4 Country in Ann Arbor, MI.

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