A previous Oscar winner and two past nominees lead our Best Actress battle for the 2017 Oscars. Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), and Amy Adams (“Arrival”) are all Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominees who are leading the pack according to our latest Gold Derby rankings set by 27 Oscar Experts with their predictions. The top 15 contenders are now featured in our revised photo gallery (view above).
Stone is in our first position with 23/10 odds for her musical role as Mia, an aspiring yet down-on-her-luck actress. She has one previous Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for “Birdman” (2014). A total of 14 Experts are picking her to win this category.
Portman is close behind in the second spot with 13/5 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). A total of 11 Experts choose her to be the champ yet again.
Adams is in the third position with 9/1 odds for playing linguistics expert Louise Banks. 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).
Isabelle Huppert is tied with Adams with 9/1 odds for the foreign language film “Elle.” She already has a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Michele Leblanc.
Annette Bening has 10/1 odds in fifth place for playing the 1970s mother Dorothea in “20th Century Women.” 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.
Ruth Negga is up next with 12/1 odds for her true life role of Mildred Loving in “Loving.” An Academy Awards nomination in January would be her first.
Others in our photo gallery: Taraji P. Henson (“Hidden Figures”), Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Jessica Chastain (“Miss Sloane”), Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”), Adams (“Nocturnal Animals”), Lily Collins (“Rules Don’t Apply”), Hailee Steinfeld (“Edge of Seventeen”), Rebecca Hall (“Christine”), and Rachel Weisz (“Denial”).
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