Oscars predictions: Julianne Moore zooms up, threatens Reese Witherspoon

Notice the charts above that reveal the Oscar rankings of Gold Derby’s Experts in the all-important Best Actress race. On the left are the current predictions from Sept. 14, in the middle are their predictions from Sept. 10 and on the right are their predictions from two weeks ago (Sept. 1).

While Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“) currently holds onto her #1 position at the top of the Experts’ leaderboard, there’s a dramatic upheaval taking place in that #2 position, as Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“) has sky-rocketed past Amy Adams (“Big Eyes“) since news broke on Sept. 10 that Sony Pictures Classics will launch Moore’s “Still Alice” into this derby.

While that’s great news for four-time Oscar also-ran Moore, it’s devastating news for five-time loser Adams, who back on Sept. 1 was actually the Experts’ pick to win her very first Oscar.

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Six Experts out of 16 believe Witherspoon will win a bookend Best Actress prize to compliment her 2005 victory for “Walk the Line”: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Steve Pond (TheWrap), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

Moore has the backing of five Experts: Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (HuffPo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily).

Four Experts still have faith in Adams: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Michael Musto (Out), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) and Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly).

And one lone Expert — Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ IndieWire) — is predicting Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything“) to stage an upset on Oscar night.

Click here to see how all of our Experts ranks contenders in this category.

Julianne Moore leaps into the Oscars race with ‘Still Alice’

Rankings are notably different when the Experts’ predictions are merged with those by Gold Derby’s Editors, Top 24 Users (who had the best picks last year) and all Users. Here’s the current Best Actress rundown of our official Gold Derby predictions for all leading ladies who have higher than 100/1 odds:

1.) Amy Adams (7/2)
2.) Reese Witherspoon (7/2)
3.) Julianne Moore (9/2)
4.) Rosamund Pike (10/1)
5.) Jessica Chastain (14/1)
6.) Felicity Jones (14/1)
7.) Hilary Swank (25/1)
8.) Patricia Arquette (50/1)

Do you think Witherspoon, Moore or Adams will be the ultimate Oscar heroine, or will the honor go to someone else? Vote below for Oscar’s Best Actress race using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

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