With five Oscar losses and no wins, Amy Adams is one away from tying an ignoble record with Thelma Ritter and Glenn Close, who suffered the worst shutouts among actresses, with six unsuccessful bids. But our Top 24 Users think Adams will finally prevail this year according to their latest predictions, and we should strongly consider their picks; they were the highest scorers picking last year’s nominations.
Almost half of them – 10 out of 24 – think she’s the early favorite for Best Actress for her role as real-life painter Margaret Keane in director Tim Burton‘s latest, “Big Eyes,” which opens in December.
Her closest competition is a previous champ: Reese Witherspoon, who won Best Actress in 2005 for “Walk the Line” the same year Adams earned her very first nomination. Six of our top users think Witherspoon will be awarded again for another true story, “Wild,” where she plays Cheryl Strayed, a troubled woman who sets out on a thousand-mile hike. The performance already impressed critics at the Telluride Film Festival. It next makes its way to Toronto on September 8.
The rest of our Top 24 are split between several candidates. Three say Jessica Chastain is the frontrunner for her role as an estranged wife in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Two are betting on Rosamund Pike as a missing wife in “Gone Girl.”
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