Watch Pete Hammond & Tom O’Neil track the Oscar race for Best Actress [video & audio podcast]

Pete Hammond (Deadline) and I agree that several frontrunners have already emerged in the Oscar race for Best Actress: Sally Hawkins (“Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”). See our video chat above or listen to the audio podcast below.

“Sally Hawkins is not only great in ‘Shape of Water,’ but she’s great in ‘Maudie,’ which is a screener that went out to academy members already, so I have a feeling that could help her enormously,” Pete says. “Many people who saw ‘Shape of Water’ love it, really love it. It has that passion vote going for it.”

Up until recently, Hawkins led all contenders in the Best Actress race, according to the predictions of dozens of Experts polled by Gold Derby, but McDormand has now zoomed ahead her. See all contenders’ latest racetrack odds based upon picks by our Experts and Users. Make or update your Oscar predictions at Gold Derby so that your opinions are included in our odds. You can change your rankings as often as you wish.

Click this link to see other videos featuring me and Pete discussing the Oscar races for Best Picture and Actor. Below: listen to the audio podcast version of our Best Actress chat. Do a search for Gold Derby at iTunes to subscribe to our podcast channel.

Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill

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