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NY FILM CRITICS 2012 : Best Actress

 
The Contenders

Barbra Streisan
(The Guilt ..)

Emmanuelle Riva
(Amour)

Helen Hunt
(The Sessio..)

Helen Mirren
(Hitchcock)

Holliday Graing
(Great Expe..)

Jennifer Lawren
(Silver Lin..)

Jennifer Lawren
(The Hunger..)

Jessica Chastai
(Zero Dark ..)

Judi Dench
(Best Exoti..)

Keira Knightley
(Anna Karen..)

Kristen Wiig
(Girl Most ..)

Laura Linney
(Hyde Park ..)

Maggie Gyllenha
(Wont Back ..)

Maggie Smith
(Quartet)

Marion Cotillar
(Rust and B..)

Mary Elizabeth
(Smashed)

Melanie Lynskey
(Hello I Mu..)

Michelle Willia
(Take This ..)

Naomi Watts
(The Imposs..)

Penelope Cruz
(To Rome wi..)

Quvenzhane Wall
(Beasts of ..)

Rachel Weisz
(The Deep B..)

Viola Davis
(Wont Back ..)
Best Actress

Since 2000, 10 of the 12 NYFCC Best Actress winners went on to at least contend at the Oscars, if not win the Academy Award; the exceptions --  Hope Davis ("American Splendor" and "The Secret Lives of Dentists," 2003) and Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky," 2008).

Three NYFCC Best Actress champs also won Oscars: Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line," 2005), Helen Mirren ("The Queen," 2006) and Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady," 2011).

Seven of the NYFCC Best Actress honorees were Oscar nominees: Laura Linney ("You Can Count on Me," 2000), Sissy Spacek ("In the Bedroom," 2001), Diane Lane ("Unfaithful," 2002), Imelda Staunton ("Vera Drake," 2004), Julie Christie ("Away from Her," 2007), Streep ("Julie and Julia," 2009) and Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right," 2010).

Experts’ Rankings
Edward Douglas
Tariq Khan
Guy Lodge
1
Jessica Chastain
Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
2
Marion Cotillard
Rachel Weisz
3
Emmanuelle Riva
Jennifer Lawrence
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Daniel Montgomery
Tom O'Neil
1
Marion Cotillard
Jennifer Lawrence
Jessica Chastain
2
Jessica Chastain
Marion Cotillard
Jennifer Lawrence
3
Maggie Smith
Quvenzhane Wallis
Emmanuelle Riva
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