Oscars 2017 – Best Actress

When the Oscar nominations first got announced, one of my biggest griping points was this category. How did Amy Adams not get nominated, but Meryl Streep added to her already impressive list for Florence Foster Jenkins? For starters, no one is talking about FFJ and as a much more important point, Amy Adams is the sole lead of this movie. She carries Arrival with a very finely tuned, subtly emotional, strong performance and I can’t imagine it would have been nominated for even half of its 8 Oscar nominations if not for her incredible performance.

However, with that major problem out of the way – let’s talk who was nominated! Our predictions and analysis are below:

Originally there was a lot of talk for Natalie Portman’s turn in Jackie, but with such a fervor over La La Land and Emma Stone’s other wins it seems that she has a good chance of winning her first Oscar this year. If nothing else, her audition scene can win anyone over. This is Stone’s second nomination after 2015’s Birdman. Portman has been nominated once for supporting, and won for lead in 2011’s Black Swan. If nothing else, that previous win might limit Portman’s chances of getting the statuette

Ruth Negga and Isabelle Huppert are both first time nominees, coming in under the radar this year but both with incredible performances. Negga is the only woman of colour nominated in this category, and for Loving – a movie focusing on a 1960’s interracial couple. Huppert’s Elle is a French-language film about a woman ruthless in business and love, who was attacked in her home and endeavours to track him down. Both women’s performances have been regarded highly, but they just don’t seem to have the public backing of the Stone or Portman.

And then we have Meryl Streep. She has been nominated 16 times before with an additional 3 wins. So Florence Foster Jenkins has become her 20th nomination. I highly doubt she will win for this, despite the apparent success of her portrayal.

  1. Emma Stone, “La La Land”
  2. Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
  3. Ruth Negga, “Loving”
  4. Isabelle Huppert, “Elle
  5. Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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