Monday, January 13, 2020

Oscar Nominees: Best Actress in a Leading Role

My predictions: 4/5, picking Lupita Nyong’o over Ronan
My ballot: Come back later this week!
The nominees: Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger

This category, like Best Actor, dismisses a SAG addition – Lupita Nyong’o in this case – and reverts back entirely to Globe nominees, which happens to be only the drama list. I wasn’t gung-ho for Nyong’o, but I’m most disappointed to see Awkwafina (The Farewell) and her entire film left off. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) and Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) are both in films that managed a respectable if unspectacular given the possibilities six nominations, while the other three - Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), and Renee Zellweger (Judy) – all saw their films earn just one or two additional bids. I would have been thrilled to see someone like BAFTA nominee Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose) here, but such creative thinking seems destined for a future year instead.

My current bet to win: I think this goes to Zellweger.

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