2014 wasn't a good year at the Oscars for women. All eight Best Picture nominees were primarily about men, and only one had a female co-lead (Felicity Jones in "The Theory of Everything"). Could the backlash over the lack of female representation boost the Best Actress chances for Carey Mulligan, who fights for women's right to vote in "Suffragette," or Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy"), who recently commented on Hollywood's gender wage gap?
Lawrence isn't the only one up in arms. In her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech for "Boyhood," Patricia Arquette also called for wage equality for women. Hollywood's elite may have something to prove when it comes to gender parity, similar to how the 2013 candidacy for "12 Years a Slave" highlighted the academy's need to embrace greater racial diversity. With several female-driven films in the running like "Joy," "Carol," "Room" and the explicitly feminist "Suffragette," they'll have multiple opportunities to do so.
As of this writing, two of the 20 Oscar experts we've polled predict a win for Lawrence, giving her odds of 5/1. None are predicting a win for Mulligan, but seven are predicting she'll be nominated, giving her 18/1 odds.
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Photo: Jennifer Lawrence. Credit: Matt Baron/BEI/REX
Photo: Carey Mulligan in "Suffragette." Credit: Moviestore/REX