Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [POLL]

The past few years have seen various frequent Oscar losers finally winning their award, from Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”‘) to sound mixer Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”) to cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”). With another Oscar season come and gone, the great campaign to get other overdue artists their Oscar begins now. From actresses like Glenn Close and Amy Adams to technical masters like composer Thomas Newman and songwriter Diane Warren, there is always someone out there who many people believe is deserving of the elusive Oscar after multiple losses.

A great number of these overdue Oscar nominees have projects coming out in 2018 that could net them their first win. Here are 10 artists that could finally get lucky at next year’s Oscars.

Annette Bening – 4 nominations
Bening’s Oscar nominated performances have been as diverse as her career, playing a swindler in “The Grifters” (1990), a frustrated real estate agent in “American Beauty” (1999), a theater actress in “Being Julia” (2004) and one half of a lesbian couple in “The Kids Are All Right” (2010). She has three films coming out in 2018, including “The Seagull,” “Life Itself” and “Georgetown.”

Michelle Williams – 4 nominations
Williams has very quickly collected four Oscar nominations in both lead and supporting, mostly for playing distressed women like in “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester by the Sea” (2016). She has a handful of films set for release in 2018 and beyond, including “I Feel Pretty, “Venom” and the very baity role of Janis Joplin in a biopic about the troubled singer.

Christopher Nolan – 5 nominations
Nolan has had a very complicated relationship with the Oscars. His first Oscar was for writing “Memento” (2001), but he was shockingly snubbed for directing and writing “The Dark Knight,” greatly angering the director’s many fans. He earning two nominations for Picture and Original Screenplay for “Inception” (2010) but still remained without a Best Director nomination until this year with “Dunkirk,” for which he also earned a nomination in Best Picture.

Amy Adams – 5 nominations
Adams is another actress who gobbled up nominations in the course of a short period of time, mostly in Supporting Actress. This began with “Junebug” (2005) and continued every few years or so with “Doubt” (2008), “The Fighter” (2010), “The Master” (2012) and her first lead nomination for “American Hustle” (2013). Adams has a juicy role in the new Adam McKay film “Backseat,” where she will co-star as former second lady Lynne Cheney, with behind the scenes photos showing it to be a transformative role.

Glenn Close – 6 nominations
Close is the most overdue living actor in Hollywood, racking up six nominations over her nearly four-decade career. Like Bening, Close has played a great variety of complicated women: a feminist icon in “The World According to Garp” (1982), a woman hosting old college friends in “The Big Chill” (1983), the childhood sweetheart of a baseball star in “The Natural” (1984), the iconically obsessive businesswoman Alex Forrest in “Fatal Attraction” (1987), a manipulative noble woman in “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) and the titular butler in “Albert Nobbs” (2011). She has two notable projects coming out soon — “The Wife” and the movie adaptation of the “Sunset Boulevard” musical.

Mike Leigh – 7 nominations
Leigh is one of the most admired writer-directors in film, nominated for five of his character-centered British movies. He was nominated for Director and Original Screenplay for “Secrets & Lies” (1996) and “Vera Drake” (2004), with additional screenplay noms for “Topsy-Turvy” (1999), “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008) and “Another Year” (2010). He has a new film coming out in 2018 called “Peterloo,” about the titular British massacre in which cavalry fought a group of peaceful protestors in Manchester.

Paul Thomas Anderson – 8 nominations
Anderson and his penchant for peculiar characters have delighted Oscar voters since “Boogie Nights” (1997), for which he earned a screenplay nomination, followed by three more, for “Magnolia” (1999), “There Will Be Blood” (2007) and “Inherent Vice” (2014). He also earned nominations in Picture and Director for both “There Will Be Blood” and this year’s “Phantom Thread.” Anderson has no announced projects at this time, though he has recently expressed interest in working with “Girls Trip” standout Tiffany Haddish.

Diane Warren – 9 nominations
Warren has sadly become a perennial Oscar loser these days, racking up three nominations in the last four years, with nine overall. Her nominated original songs include “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from “Mannequin” (1987), “Because You Loved Me” from “Up Close and Personal” (1996), “How Do I Live” from “Con Air” (1997), “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from “Armageddon” (1998), “Music of My Heart” from “Music of the Heart” (1999), “There You’ll Be” from “Pearl Harbor” (2001), “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” (2014), “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground” (2015) and this year for “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall.” At this time Warren has no announced credits for 2018.

Thomas Newman – 14 nominations
Newman has delivered some of the most iconic original scores in film history, earning two nominations in one year for “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Little Women” (1994). His other nominations are for “Unstrung Heroes” (1995), “American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition” (2002), “Finding Nemo” (2003), “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004), “The Good German” (2006), “WALL-E” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012), “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013), “Bridge of Spies” (2015) and “Passengers” (2016). He also earned a nomination in Best Original Song for co-writing “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E.” He does not have any announced credits for 2018 at this time.

Greg P. Russell – 16 nominations
The ultimate overdue Oscar nominee is Russell, whose sound mixing has contributed to all kinds of action films since the ’80s. The following are his Oscar nominations for Best Sound Mixing: “Black Rain” (1989), “The Rock” (1996), “Con Air,” “Armageddon,” “The Mask of Zorro” (1998), “The Patriot” (2000), “Pearl Harbor,” “Spider-Man” (2002), “Spider-Man 2” (2004), “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), “Apocalypto” (2006), “Transformers” (2007), “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009), “Salt” (2010), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011) and “Skyfall.” He initially earned a nomination for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (2016) but it was revoked after he was found to have lobbied his fellow members of the sound branch during the nomination phase. He is the re-recording mixer on two films coming out in 2018: “Bad Samaritan” and “The Bombing.”

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