[PHOTOS] Oscars 2017: Emma Stone, Natalie Portman lead Best Actress gallery of top 15 contenders

This year’s Oscar race for Best Actress might be a battle between past champ Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) and previous nominee Emma Stone (“La La Land”). Other strong contenders include returning nominees Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”), and Jessica Chastain (“Miss Sloane”) plus rookies Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Ruth Negga (“Loving”). Those are just seven of the ladies in our latest Gold Derby rankings set by 24 Oscar Experts with their predictions. Their top 15 contenders are now featured in a new photo gallery (view above).

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Stone is currently in first place with 21/10 odds for her musical role. She has one previous Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for “Birdman” (2014).

Portman is in the second spot 9/2 odds for playing First Lady Jackie Kennedy. She has a prior Oscar win for her lead role in “Black Swan” (2010) and a supporting nomination for “Closer” (2004).

Negga is up next with 9/2 odds for her true life role. An Academy Awards nomination in January would be her first.

Photos: Top 15 Best Actor Oscar Contenders

Bening has 7/1 odds for fourth place. She has had four previous Oscar nominations for “The Grifters” (1990), “American Beauty” (1999), “Being Julia” (2004), and “The Kids Are All Right” (2010). The first was for supporting and the other three for lead.

Adams is in the fifth position with 16/1 odds for “Arrival.” In a very short period of time, she has already received five Oscar bids. The first four were for supporting in “Junebug” (2005), “Doubt” (2008), “The Fighter” (2010), and “The Master” (2012). The most recent was a lead nom for “American Hustle” (2013).

Others in our photo gallery: Chastain, Huppert, Taraji P. Henson (“Hidden Figures”), Viola Davis (“Fences”), Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Passengers”), Marion Cotillard (“Allied”), Rachel Weisz (“Denial”), Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”), and Sally Field (“Hello, My Name Is Doris”).

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