At the age of 26, movie star Jennifer Lawrence is already a four-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner as Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). Will her new sci-fi movie “Passengers,” about astronauts Aurora and Jim (Chris Pratt) who awaken 90 years before they reach their destination, bring her Oscar nom #5? Vote in our new poll below.
With elements of humor, romance, action and intrigue, “Passengers” is sure to be a blockbuster hit at the box office. Besides the full range of emotions Lawrence brings to the role of Aurora, Lawrence’s prestige as an awards darling will help her stand out when Oscar voters mark their ballots. Besides her aforementioned win for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Lawrence was also recognized for “Winter’s Bone” (2010), “American Hustle” (2013) and “Joy” (2015). See Lawrence’s Top 10 roles in our photo gallery above.
We know what you’re thinking: Oscar voters hate sci-fi films! While that’s mostly true, there are notable exceptions in recent years that could help Lawrence’s case in earning a nomination for “Passengers.” Back in February “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) won an impressive six Oscars while “The Martian” starring Matt Damon scored seven nominations. And then there’s Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), who earned a Best Actress nom for the space-set film that took home a whopping seven trophies in 2013.
“Passengers” is directed by Morten Tyldum, who recently earned an Oscar nomination for directing “The Imitation Game” (2014). Tyldum’s strength as a director that year was represented in the Oscar-nominated performances he was able to get out of both Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. With that kind of leader at the helm, get ready to see Lawrence give one of the best performances of her career.
Gold Derby’s 27 Oscar experts derived from major media outlets believe that the sci-fi factor may hurt Lawrence’s chances. Only one pundit — Keith Simanton (IMDB) — predicts she will earn a Best Actress nomination. See more Oscar odds and rankings.
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