A new Oscar favorite is born: Lady Gaga dethrones Glenn Close in our Best Actress predictions

Lady Gaga is indeed far from the shallow now — because she has just overtaken Glenn Close as the Best Actress Oscar frontrunner in our combined odds.

Gaga and Close both still have 4/1 odds, but the singer is slightly ahead — 19.69 percent to 19.47 percent — of Close thanks to her higher placements outside of the top spot by our Experts, Editors and Top 24 Users. Six Experts, one Editor and seven Top 24 Users are backing Gaga, while seven Experts, seven Editors and 13 Users are going with Close.

A six-time nominee, Close had been the predicted champ since our predictions center opened in August for her performance in “The Wife.” But Gaga has been slowly ascending the ranks following the glowing reviews she and “A Star Is Born” have received since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. And now that the film has opened to a stellar $41.2 million this weekend with many fans, famous and not, praising Gaga’s revelatory performance — nevermind the soundtrack’s songs, highlighted by “Shallow,” dominating the iTunes charts — she has become the one to beat.

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If Gaga does beat Close, it’d be a bit of déjà vu for Close, since she lost to another singer-turned-actress, Cher (“Moonstruck”), 31 years ago when she contended for “Fatal Attraction.” Plus, a seventh loss would make her the biggest loser among actresses, breaking a tie she currently shares with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter.

The rest of the top five remains unchanged: Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) is in third with 11/2 odds, followed by Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), whose category placement is still up in the air, and Viola Davis (“Widows”).

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Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on January 22.

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