Best Leading Actress — 2018 Oscar Picks

We have an incredible crop of women in this year’s category, each with very impressive performances.

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards is the one to beat after she picked up the drama Globe, BAFTA, SAG, and Critics Choice awards. McDormand transforms into the harsh, unapologetically determined Mildred Hayes. She doesn’t care what anybody thinks or who she hurts along the way, as long as it makes people remember her daughter. It’s a tough performance that McDormand aces through even the most subtle of body language quirks. It’s certainly an Oscar-worthy performance.

If anyone is to give McDormand a run for her money, it’ll be Sally Hawkins in her incredible performance as the mute lead in del Toro’s fairytale The Shape of Water. She learned ASL for the role and managed to develop more emotion in her performance, despite never speaking a word, then many others could ever hope for in a lead performance. If McDormand loses out to Hawkins, this could be an indication of how the whole night is going.

Saoirse Ronan did pick up the comedy Globe for her title role in Lady Bird, with an incredible accent and realistic performance that most women can likely relate to. If I were picking, I would probably give the award to Ronan since this was one of my absolute favourite movies of the year, but she’s not the frontrunner.

I, Tonya‘s Margot Robbie put in a wonderful performance as a crazed, desperate to win Tonya Harding that earned her first Oscar nomination. Meryl Streep steps into the shoes of another real life woman, Katherine Graham, in The Post for her 21st nomination. It’s unlikely that she would win for this performance, but the Academy does love Meryl.

  1. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (5th nomination, 1 win)
  2. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water (2 nominations)
  3. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird (3 nominations)
  4. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya (1st nomination)
  5. Meryl Streep, The Post (21 nominations, 3 wins)

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