After a performer wins an Oscar, they tend to enter the most celebrated phase of their career – one where they continuously grab the brass ring. Consider the case of Jennifer Lawrence who won the Best Actress Oscar in 2013 for David O. Russell‘s “Silver Linings Playbook.” She was back at the Academy Awards the following year for her scene-stealing supporting role in Russell’s “American Hustle.” That film, like “Silver Linings Playbook,” earned nominations in all four acting categories. That was not the case for her next collaboration with Russell, “Joy,” as was its lone Oscar nominee.
Christian Bale also won an Oscar for his work in a film by Russell, 2010’s “The Fighter.” He parlayed that supporting actor trophy into two more Oscar nominations: for his starring roles in “American Hustle” and Adam McKay‘s “The Big Short” (2015).
Emma Stone could be the latest beneficiary of this golden afterglow. She won the Best Actress Academy Award last year for “La La Land” and is currently in contention for “Battle of the Sexes.” This well-received comedy depicts the famous 1973 match between Bille Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who co-directed the Oscar-winning comedy hit “Little Miss Sunshine,” oversaw this film with its timely themes of feminism and gender equality.
Stone earned plenty of plaudits for her “terrific performance that’s convincing dramatically and physically” (The Hollywood Reporter), while the New York Times attributes Stone’s stellar performance to the fact she doesn’t play a girl who seduces us with big eyes and a smile (which she has done successfully on several occasions), but rather plays a complete woman.
She reaped a Golden Globe bid and currently sits in third place on our predictions chart for Best Comedy/Musical Actress. That should boost her profile with Oscar voters as would a SAG Awards nomination (those are announced on Dec. 13).
Do you think Stone will earn another Best Actress Oscar nomination again this year? Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23.