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2015 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Lead Actress

February 26th, 2016

Room

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. The Best Lead Actress is not generating a lot of buzz, but one actress has been constantly winning and is the overwhelming favorite.

(Note: All previous awards listed are only for acting and not other categories. However, they are for supporting and lead acting. Previous awards and nominations are not for TV roles, on the other hand. )

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett for Carol
Tomatometer Score: 93% Positive
Actress's Previous Major Nominations for this Performance: SAG, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Independent Spirit Awards
Actress's Previous Major Wins for this Performance: None (One Pending)
Actress's Career Major Nominations: Six Oscar, Eight Golden Globes, Six BAFTAs, Thirteen SAGs, and Four Independent Spirit Award
Actress's Career Major Wins: Two Oscars, Three Golden Globes, Three BAFTAs, and Three Independent Spirit Awards
Notes: If Cate Blanchett had never won an Oscar in the past, then she would likely be the favorite here. As it is, she's won twice in her previous six nominations, so it is unlikely she will win her third Oscar this year. She's not even 50, so she could get another Oscar before she retires.

Brie Larson for Room
Tomatometer Score: 80% Positive
Actress's Previous Major Nominations for this Performance: SAG, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Independent Spirit Awards
Actress's Previous Major Wins for this Performance: SAG, Golden Globe, and BAFTA (One Pending)
Actress's Career Major Nominations:One Independent Spirit Award
Actress's Career Major Wins: None
Notes: So far, Brie Larson has won every major nomination, so she's practically a lock to win the Oscar. There is a chance some voters will think she's too young to win and that a more experienced actor deserves a Lifetime Award.

Jennifer Lawrence for Joy
Tomatometer Score: 60% Positive
Actress's Previous Major Nominations for this Performance: Golden Globes
Actress's Previous Major Wins for this Performance: Golden Globes
Actress's Career Major Nominations:Three Oscars, Three Golden Globes, Two BAFTAs, Five SAGs, and Two Independent Spirit Award
Actress's Career Major Wins: One Oscar, Two Golden Globes, One BAFTA, Two SAGs, and One Independent Spirit Award
Notes: Jennifer Lawrence is likely hoping she doesn't win this Oscar, because it could cause a backlash. The overall reviews are not good and she already has one Oscar and plenty of other wins.

Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years
Tomatometer Score: 97% Positive
Actress's Previous Major Nominations for this Performance: None
Actress's Previous Major Wins for this Performance: None
Actress's Career Major Nominations: None
Actress's Career Major Wins: None
Notes: Charlotte Rampling has been acting for for 50 years, but she's never won an Oscar. Perhaps if she had been nominated for a few but never won, she could have won this year as a Lifetime Achievement award. That's not the case, so her chances of winning are very limited.

Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn
Tomatometer Score: 98% Positive
Actress's Previous Major Nominations for this Performance: SAG, Golden Globes, and BAFTA
Actress's Previous Major Wins for this Performance: None
Actress's Career Major Nominations: One Oscar, One Golden Globe, Two BAFTAs, and One SAGs
Actress's Career Major Wins: None
Notes: Saoirse Ronan will win an Oscar, just not this year.

Conclusion: Brie Larson has won all of the previous major awards and should have no trouble adding an Oscar to her list of wins this year. Strangely, she's still not getting a lot of buzz for this.


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Filed under: Awards Season, Joy, Room, Brooklyn, Carol, 45 Years, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan