• Cody James

TOP 10 Future Oscar Winners

Ever since the first Academy Awards ceremony which took place on May 16, 1929, moviegoers and critics alike have cited significant “snubs” in the acting categories throughout the 90 years of the Oscars. Whether a brilliant performance is nominated but does not win or a performance goes completely unrecognized, there will always be a list of a names movie buffs while be surprised to see that have not taken home the idolized statue.

We all know how long it took Leonardo DiCaprio to finally be recognized by the Academy. Sometimes that perfect role takes longer to get than expected. All Actors, no matter how much of a success they have made of themselves, are all working toward that one role, that one performance that will catapult them out of movie star obscurity and solidify themselves as a true acting talent.

While winning an Academy Award does not merit one’s credibility as an Actor or Actress, it certainly provides a heavy amount of recognition and appreciation from peers.

Unfortunately, many actors that we feel have been overlooked for their performances have either passed on or have reached a point in their careers where a major dramatic film role is unlikely.

In this article, I am going to highlight ten film stars who I feel are on the road to Oscar glory. Some have been nominated in the past but have not won the award (yet) while others have yet to be considered for the Oscar trophy.


Emily Blunt

Total Oscar Nominations: 0

Best Performances:

The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning, Into the Woods, The Girl on the Train

In The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

The English actress who will be playing the iconic character Mary Poppins in the upcoming film Mary Poppins Returns has not yet been nominated for an Academy Award, but she has continued to prove her abilities as an actress starring in a variety of comedies, dramas, and action films. She is a very bankable star and proved in 2014’s Into the Woods that she can sing beautifully.


Michael Shannon

Total Oscar Nominations: 2

Best Performances:

Bug, Revolutionary Road, Nocturnal Animals, The Shape of Water

In The Shape of Water (2017)

These days, it seems when a movie needs a supporting character with some sort of intense mental complexity, Michael Shannon pops right in. He often plays characters that are emotionally disturbed and does a brilliant job at playing a character that you may not like but enjoy watching. I am sure we will soon see Michael Shannon as more of a lead than a supporting character in the near future.


Melissa McCarthy

Total Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Performances:

Bridesmaids, This Is 40, The Heat, Tammy

In Spy (2015)

It’s hard to believe that Melissa McCarthy has been in the movie business as long as she has. She was playing bit parts in films for over ten years before gaining worldwide acclaim in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids. Since then, McCarthy has been a frontrunner at the box office starring in numerous comedic films. But just because her work is primarily comedies, doesn’t mean she can’t act! I believe McCarthy is one of the most natural actresses working today and all she needs is that one dramatic role to put her in line to win an Oscar. In fact, this could potentially be her year as this October, she will be starring in her first dramatic role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? in which she will be playing real life author Lee Israel.


Margot Robbie

Total Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Performances:

The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, I, Tonya

In The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

This Aussie stunner first impressed critics with her knockout role in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Since 2013, Margot Robbie has been hitting it hard starring in major motion pictures and playing multidimensional characters that prove she is far more than just a beautiful woman, but a fantastic actress. Her portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding in the 2017 Biographical film I, Tonya garnered her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress.


Vera Farmiga

Total Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Performances:

Down to the Bone, The Departed, Orphan, Up in the Air, The Conjuring

In The Commuter (2018)

Here is an actress I have adored for years and while I don’t think she has gotten the credit she is due, Vera Farmiga is one of the most talented movie stars working in Hollywood. Her breakout role came in the very, very, very low budget 2004 film Down to the Bone (If you haven’t seen it, please do. It is one of the greatest acting performances I have ever seen). While Farmiga seems to have found her comfort zone in the horror genre with The Conjuring films as well as the hit show Bates Motel, I would love to see her take on a dramatic role that could potentially win her an Academy Award.


Tom Hardy

Total Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Performances:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant

In Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

While English actor Tom Hardy has made a career in starring in action movies, I can’t deny the fact that his outstanding performance as John Fitzgerald in 2015’s The Revenant proved he is far more than an action star. I think Tom Hardy has the potential to be viewed as the next Marlon Brando. He just needs to find another great dramatic role that can showcase even more of his range as an actor.


Jessica Chastain

Total Oscar Nominations: 2

Best Performances:

The Help, Zero Dark Thirty, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Molly’s Game

In Miss Sloane (2016)

Often playing strong and independent women but also capable of showing vulnerability, Jessica Chastain has a knack for playing characters that are a salute to feminism. She has a look that stands out and a presence on screen that makes her a true professional.


Michael Fassbender

Total Oscar Nominations: 2

Best Performances:

Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Steve Jobs

In Shame (2011)

A man who seems to wear so many faces, Michael Fassbender has a natural charm and even when he is playing a bad guy, you are so moved by the variations of temperament he displays on screen that he usually walks away with the film. The Academy has acknowledged Fassbender’s contributions to his craft, but he suffers from what many non-Oscar winners have suffered in the past, being nominated against a more appealing performance.


Michelle Williams

Total Oscar Nominations: 4

Best Performances:

Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, My Week with Marilyn, Manchester by the Sea

In I Feel Pretty (2018)

One of my favorite actresses working today, former teen-star Michelle Williams always leaves me feeling affected differently by every character she plays. In My Week with Marilyn, she made me proud that someone was able to portray my idol Marilyn Monroe convincingly. In Manchester by the Sea, she broke my heart in her five-minute scene with Casey Affleck. Michelle Williams seems to be in a new film every other month. Most recently, she starred in the comedy I Feel Pretty and played a completely different character than I’ve ever seen her play before. She will be starring alongside Tom Hardy in the highly anticipated Marvel film Venom, coming out in October 2018. Having been nominated 4 times for an Academy Award, Michelle Williams has fallen into the same situation as Michael Fassbender, being up against performances that critics seem to be more drawn to. But that doesn’t mean we should count Michelle Williams out. I am confident, with as much work as she puts into her characters, she will win an Oscar sooner rather than later.


Amy Adams

Total Oscar Nominations: 5

Best Performances:

Enchanted, Sunshine Cleaning, The Fighter, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals

In Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Behold, the new Leonardo DiCaprio of our generation. If you haven’t already, please check out my last TOP 10 Article, in which I rank my Top 10 Amy Adams performances. Amy Adams is the most versatile and dedicated actress working in movies today. She throws herself into every character she plays and whenever you see her name in the opening credits, you know you are in for a great time. So why hasn’t Adams won an Oscar after an incredible 5 nominations? I think that we have to look at this as we did with Leonardo DiCaprio being snubbed so many times, the Academy is just waiting for the right time to honor Amy Adams’s work.

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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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