There are seven Best Actress nominees at the Critics’ Choice Awards, but it’s a three-way race for the win on Sunday’s ceremony. Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) and Glenn Close (“The Wife”) all have 13/2 odds in our predictions.
Due to ranking placements, Colman is technically in first place, followed by Gaga and Close. Colman has four Experts, two Editors and 15 Top 24 users picking her, while Gaga has one Expert, two Editors and three Top 24 Users. Close has three Experts, three Editors and six Top 24 users.
As voting for the Critics’ Choice winners opens on Thursday, Globe champs Colman and Close could get a major boost if voters want to rubber-stamp. Colman delivered a charming, hilarious speech, in which she called her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz “my bitches.”Between the three of them, Colman also has the edge in terms of trophy haul, dominating the critics circuit with Toni Collette (“Hereditary”), who is in fourth place in our odds.
Close upset Gaga in Best Drama Actress and gave a stirring, emotional speech that paid tribute to her mother and implored women to follow their dreams, earning two standing ovations. Close has already risen in our Best Actress Oscar odds since her big Globe moment, so the same could happen at Critics’ Choice.
Gaga took a hit with her Globe acting loss, but she still got to some airtime when she won Best Original Song (“Shallow”) at the Globes. That same scenario could play out here too: win song, lose actress.
Last year, Critics’ Choice voting opened the day after the Globes, and Globe Best Drama Actress champ Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) won Best Actress Critics’ Choice en route to the Oscar. But the season before, Critics’ Choice took place before the Globes and anointed Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) Best Actress, while the Globes went with Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) in drama and eventual Oscar champ Stone (“La La Land”) in comedy/musical.
Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”), Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) round out the predictions.
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Jan. 13.