Best Leading Actress — 2018 Oscar Picks

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

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.

Oscars 2014 — Best Actress

Cate Blanchett seemed like a sure winner in this category after picking up the SAG, Critics Choice, and Golden Globe for Blue Jasmine but with the recent controversy over Woody Allen that might be a bit up in the air. Personally? I’m not too impressed by the role. Allen’s characters are generally all the same: neurotic, over-articulate, and like they’re impersonating someone from a Woody Allen movie. If the Academy decides to turn against Allen, Blanchett may not pick up this award but we bet she’ll still win. She’s previously been nominated five times, winning Supporting Actress for The Aviator in 2004.

Sandra Bullock was nominated and won for The Blind Side in 2009, but that shouldn’t count her out. As the only character for much of Gravity, she delivered an emotional, strong, powerful performance. Definitely the best female character of this years nominees. Amy Adams has been nominated for four previous Oscars, but she’s the only nominee yet to own an Oscar. Her character in American Hustle brought an added life to the film and she probably has the best chance of getting the award away from Blanchett due to her not having received any yet.

Dame Judi Dench has been nominated six times before, winning for Shakespeare in Love. Along with Streep she doesn’t have a big shot at winning for Philomena. Meryl Streep, the Queen of the Oscars, has been nominated 17 times and won 3 (most recently for The Iron Lady in 2011) but despite her enveloping performance in August: Osage County, she has small chance of winning once again.

Despite our hope that Sandra Bullock or Amy Adams will get the award over Cate Blanchett, the overwhelming opinion still is that Blanchett will win.

  1. Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine”
  2. Sandra Bullock — “Gravity”
  3. Amy Adams — “American Hustle”
  4. Meryl Streep — “August: Osage County”
  5. Judi Dench — “Philomena”