Will this year’s Best Actress nominees all be past Oscar champs?

With Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity“), Judi Dench (“Philomena“), Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks“) and Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County“) currently ranking as our top five contenders here for Best Actress, we could end up seeing the first-ever lineup of nominees in a female acting category consisting solely of previous Oscar champs. 

Blanchett won for “The Aviator” (2004, Supporting Actress); Bullock prevailed for “The Blind Side” (2009, Actress); Dench for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998, Supporting Actress); Thompson for “Howards End” (1992, Actress) and an additional win in writing for “Sense and Sensibility” (1995, Adapted Screenplay); while Streep has taken home three acting wins: “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979, Supporting Actress), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982, Actress) and “The Iron Lady” (2011, Actress).

All five of these women are rightfully in the top tier as all are nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the Critics Choice Awards. Only three women have ever been overlooked for an Oscar nomination after scoring nominations at all three of these major precursors: Angelina Jolie (2007, “A Mighty Heart”), Tilda Swinton (2011, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”), Marion Cotillard (2012, “Rust and Bone”). However, it is worth noting that all three of them were also previous Oscar winners, so perhaps someone who has yet to win could sneak in.

Indeed, almost all of the other contenders vying for Best Actress bids this year have never won before: Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) is currently ranked 6th in our GoldDerby odds, followed by Adèle Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said”), and Brie Larson (“Short Term 12”). In tenth place is past Oscar champ Kate Winslet (Best Actress – “The Reader,” 2008) who reaped a Golden Globe bid for “Labor Day.” 

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If the Best Actress race does shape up to be a category of all-winners, it will be a first for the category, and only the second time in Academy Awards history in any acting category.

Last year’s Best Supporting Actor race was won by Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) who took home a bookend to his Oscar in the same category for “Inglourious Basterds” (2009). He prevailed against four other Oscar champs: Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings PlayBook”), who had won for his roles in “The Godfather: Part II” (1974, Supporting Actor) and “Raging Bull” (1980, Lead Actor); Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”), who had won for “The Fugitive” (1993, Supporting Actor); Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”), who had won for “Capote” (2005, Actor); and Alan Arkin (“Argo”), who had won for “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006, Supporting Actor).

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8 thoughts on “Will this year’s Best Actress nominees all be past Oscar champs?

  1. I think the five are set. They are all just too good and popular and in great roles. Realistically, though she nails the nuances of her role and gave herself the crucial backstory, Bullock is the weakest of the five. I don’t see her winning a competitive acting award so soon and not for a sci-fi film. But she’s not missing either.

  2. i think it’s adams instead of thompson, thompson’s role is too unlikeable, and as i recall, the oscars are lustfully after babes

  3. Just saw Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks, she’s an ABSOLUTE lock. As is Blanchett. Bullock (probably) but her and Gravity seem to be losing steam. Streep and Dench both gave nominee worthy performances, and normally would be vulnerable but they both have Weinstein behind them, so I would think they are in. Amy Adams seems to be gaining momentum, especially with the Streep bashers. Lots of emphasis on Streep’s *over the top performance?? I really don’t get it, how do you expect a pill popping, cancer ridden woman to act ?

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