This category seems to be down to two amazing women: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave and Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle. Lupita Nyong’o played Patsey, the expert cotton picker that attracted the advances of Master Epps, in 12 Years a Slave. She was a shining light in Slave with her fresh, soulful performance. She is nominated for her first Oscar, for her film debut. In her second David O Russell film in two years, Jennifer Lawrence plays the neglected wife of a con man in a surprisingly juicy, powerful performance. She has been nominated for two Oscars previously, winning one.
It seems unlikely that the Academy will give Lawrence awards back-to-back, especially with her role being so much more palatable. Nyong’o does seem to have the edge with her rocking every red carpet and interview she’s done so far while Lawrence didn’t even show up to accept her BAFTA. Our pick is Lupita Nyong’o, and we can’t wait to see her next red carpet appearance.
- Lupita Nyong’o — “12 Years a Slave”
- Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle”
- Julia Roberts — “August: Osage County”
- June Squibb — “Nebraska”
- Sally Hawkins — “Blue Jasmine”