Monday, March 15, 2021

Oscar Nominees: Best Actress in a Leading Role

My predictions: 5/5
My ballot: Coming soon!
The nominees: Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, Carey Mulligan

No surprises here, and just like last year, this is the exact Golden Globes list for drama actress, dismissing SAG addition Amy Adams and subbing back in Globe winner Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), who managed to get in despite missing at SAG and her film having no other support. Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman) is also completely alone, while Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) was one of the stars of a film that didn’t score as well as it could have today. The other two nominees, who will fight it out with Day for the win - Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) – saw their films perform about as expected without making it into too many technical categories to indicate overwhelming support. Regardless of how their films did, this is a fine list, though I would have loved to see Zendaya make the cut.

My current bet to win: I’m going to back Day though it would be great if Mulligan could pull it off.

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