December 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm #1201970567
Five-time Best Actress nominee, Judi Dench, has yet to win the category. She won Supporting Actress from her second nomination. Now approaching advanced age, will the Academy feel compelled to break for her in the category. She has another leading vehicle in the pipeline. I believe she could easily win again in Supporting. But she seems to be soldiering along with these lead nominations. All, but, Notes on a Scandal, were Weinstein backed.December 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm #1201970592
I doubt it, unfortunately.December 15, 2016 at 8:17 pm #1201970595
Highly unlikely, which is terrible considering the monster talent she possesses. She should have won for Notes on a Scandal. In a different year, she would have. The industry loves Helen Mirren, and rightfully so as she is tremendous. But in the pantheon of Dames, Dench is the real deal.December 16, 2016 at 5:43 am #1201970735
Yeah, barring a career-best performance being nominated in an otherwise-weak year for Lead Actress, I don’t see it happening. I mean, if she couldn’t beat Helen Hunt in ’97…
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Whatever she does next, whatever performance she comes out with that hits like her previous BA nominated ones have, she’ll get in. She’s a favorite. However, some young hot girl or overdue actress will come up and take it from her. At her age and with one Oscar on her shelf, she won’t be seen as an overdue contender anymore and somebody else will steal her thunder.
Even at 35 or something, Natalie Portman is seen by many people here as somebody who doesn’t need another Oscar and apparently can’t win again and so on because she already has one or it’s somebody else’s turn…imagine what they’ll say about an 80 something actress regardless of their differences in talent, nominations record and carreer. It’ll take some unbelievable Blue Jasmine situation for her to win, and in that case, with Blanchett already a winner and multiple nominee, she was seen as overdue, Dench isn’t in that position.
At least she’s big enough to get easily nominated. Not many people can say that. Had she been able to fit those roles, she could’ve be nominated for things like Grandma and Doris, and where did legends like Tomlin and Field go? Nowhere.
And yes, she should’ve won over Mirren. All 4 actress that year should’ve over Mirren except maybe Streep.December 16, 2016 at 8:57 am #1201970799
Stephen Frears is directing her in Victoria and Abdul which releases in September. We all know they have a good track record together. If she knocks it out of the park, she may overwhelm the narratives of others. Also, worth nothing that she has Murder on the Orient Express for the same year so the industry could seek to reward her for a strong year if both are major players.December 16, 2016 at 9:33 am #1201970807
She should have won for “Mrs. Brown” (over Helen Hunt) or “Iris” (over Halle Berry).December 16, 2016 at 11:01 am #1201970874
Sure. Anything’s possible. I think La Dench is viable for another Oscar in lead or supporting actress until she retires and/or is no longer with us.December 16, 2016 at 11:10 am #1201970880
It may be worth noting that Dench has the most lead noms of any living actress without a win…December 16, 2016 at 11:18 am #1201970886
You might agree with it or not but I feel she was actually second behind Cate Blanchett in 2013.
1. “Mrs. Brown” – Helen Hunt did benefit from playing likeable character and being only American in the line-up and Dench wasn’t a household name
2. “Iris” – way too depressing and Sissy Spacek got ‘prestige drama’ votes, Halle was winning no matter what
3. “Mrs. Henderson Presents” – filler nomination in one of the weakest years this category ever saw, no chance
4. “Notes on a Scandal” – curiously, just one year later, one of the better recent line-ups, maybe among the best ever but it was all Mirren, there was no race for either nods or win
5. “Blue Jasmine” – all Blanchett
So the timing wasn’t the best but you can also remember her being nominated for “Chocolat” so she was default nominee many times and it doesn’t help to win again if you have already won. I can see her winning supporting for “Murder on the Orient Express” (she’s in Wendy Hiller’s role, not Ingrid Bergman’s) although I’m personally hoping for Michelle Pfeiffer either for that film or Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother”. Lead Actress will be hard but it’s not impossible.December 16, 2016 at 11:21 am #1201970891
^^And RE: “Murder on the Orient Express” – I guess they’re filming just about now!