Oscar experts’ predictions: Brie Larson (‘Room’) widens lead over Cate Blanchett (‘Carol’) for Best Actress

In the battle for Best Actress, Brie Larson ("Room") has widened her lead over Cate Blanchett ("Carol") according to the predictions of our Oscar experts from Yahoo, Variety, Rollling Stone, IMDB and other top media. As you can see above from the comparison of what we were thinking seven weeks ago versus today, Larson has leapt from fifth to first while Blanchett, the one-time frontrunner, has slid to second. (Click on the image to explore these trends in-depth by selecting various dates in the two calendars.)

Currently, 11 of our 20 Oscar experts are betting on Larson to win for her breakout role as a kidnap victim in Lenny Abrahamson's crime thriller. That support translates into leading odds of 23/10 for her to win on her first nomination. And seven experts are backing Blanchett for her performance as a closeted lesbian in Todd Haynes' period drama. That gives this Aussie import odds of 10/3 to take home her third Oscar in 11 years.

Below: Rankings of the top five Best Actress contenders based on expert predictions and odds to win. (See individual predictions of the experts here.)

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#1. Brie Larson, "Room" (11 Experts; Odds to win: 23/10)
Adapted by Emma Donoghue from her acclaimed 2010 novel of the same name, "Room" won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto film festival. Two years ago Larson earned BFCA and Indie Spirit bids for her performance in "Short Term 12"; she lost both those races to eventual Oscar champ Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"). 

Experts: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Tim Gray (Variety), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Brian Truitt (USA Today). 


#2. Cate Blanchett, "Carol" (7 Experts; Odds to win: 10/3)
Director Haynes also adapted Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel “The Price of Salt” about a married woman (Blanchett) who falls in love with a shop clerk (Rooney Mara). Mara won Best Actress at Cannes, which does not distinguish between lead and featured performance, but will be campaigned in supporting at the Oscars.

Experts: Edward Douglas (ComingSoon), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Christopher Rosen (EW), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

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#3. Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy" (2 Experts; Odds to win: 5/1)
Lawrence has reunited with writer/director, David O. Russell for a third time with this biopic of Joy Mangano, the Long Island single mother of three who invented the Miracle Mop. She won this race for their first collaboration, "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), and reaped a supporting nomination for their second film together "American Hustle" (2013). 

Experts: Tariq Khan (Fox News), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere)


#4. Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn" (Odds to win: 9/1)
 A 2007 Supporting Actress nominee for ("Atonement"), she shines as an Irish emigre in this charming period piece, directed by John Crowley ("Once") with Nick Hornby adapting Colm Toibin’s 2009 novel of the same name.


#5. Carey Mulligan, "Suffragette" (Odds to win:16/1)
This 2009 Best Actress nominee ("An Education") portrays a women's rights activist in Sarah Gavron's historical drama based on an original script by Emmy champ Abi Morgan ("The Hour"). 

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One thought on “Oscar experts’ predictions: Brie Larson (‘Room’) widens lead over Cate Blanchett (‘Carol’) for Best Actress

  1. This is definitely shaping up as a more interesting race in the Acting categories. No real consensus yet. Though Cate Blanchett is always a force to be reckoned with (ummm this generations Meryl Streep of sorts..) I don’t really think the Academy is ready to bestow a 3rd Oscar to her just yet. It took the legendary Meryl almost 30 years for her 3rd statuette, same said almost for Katherine Hepburn in her later years. Cate is nowhere in that same category yet. Great and inspiring Actor, yes! 3 Oscar in 11 years, I don’t see it. This could be the year yet for another new ingénue breakout in Brie Larson. She has the it factor going for her and her new film is getting nothing but rave promising reviews. Best Actress always seems to go to the younger new actresses that are breaking through i.e. Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence. This could continue in that same vein. Possiby a Carey Mulligan could upset if Suffragette gets traction and accolades. Carey is much beloved by actors and has the star quality that Oscar prefers. Yet still an open race. Cate is Amazing this year in two films (Truth & Carol). That might split her votes and allowing some new actress emerge. Cate like the other Kate, will be around a long while to show the younger ladies how it’s done and respect for the craft.

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