Yes, Saoirse Ronan is just 25-years-old. This Irish-American lass earned her first of three Oscar nominations so far for her supporting role as a spiteful adolescent in 2007’s “Atonement.” That was followed by lead noms for her homesick Emerald Isle transplant in ’50s New York and her high-spirited high-schooler in 2017’s “Lady Bird.”
Can you call her overdue? Why not if her nominations are spread across a decade. Considering that she is playing Jo March in Greta Gerwig‘s version of Louisa May Alcott’s much-filmed “Little Women” — one of American literature’s most iconic female characters, you just know that Ronan has the right amount of spunk to bring her headstrong character to vivid life. We will have to wait until Dec. 25 to see how she stacks up with Katharine Hepburn and June Allyson, who previously played Jo on the big screen.
While there have been seven other filmed versions of the 1868 novel, only one actress was nominated as Jo — Winona Ryder. She was 23 when her interpretation of Jo led to her lone lead Academy Award nomination after being up for supporting actress the year before in “The Age of Innocence.”
In our poll of which actresses in movies this year who have waited long enough to get a little gold man, Ronan came out on top with 40% rooting for her win. According to Gold Derby’s combined Oscar odds, she also is currently sitting pretty atop the list of lead actresses in the running with 622 choosing her to win.
But not so fast. Coming in second both on the prediction site and in the poll with 27% of the vote was Scarlett Johansson in “Marriage Story.” The Dec. 6 release brought her ravishing reviews at the Venice and Telluride film festivals for her performance as a TV actress in L.A. undergoing a bitter bicoastal divorce and custody battle with her ambitious New York theater director husband (Adam Driver). Somehow, the former child actress failed to get any Academy Award attention for her applauded work in 2003’s “Lost in Translation” or 2005’s “Match Point.” Currently, 360 think she may finally get her gold.
In third place with 20% of the responses is Alfre Woodard in “Clemency,” whose lone supporting Oscar nomination was for her 1983 supporting role in “Cross Creek.” She made more trophy hay with her TV work over the years, collecting four Primetime Emmys. Her current film, due Dec 27, casts her as an embittered prison warden on Death Row as she oversees her 12th execution.
Then there is Isabelle Huppert, the ageless French actress with a career that spans five decades. Her lone Oscar nomination was for her lead in 2016’s “Elle.” Just 8% are hoping she gets some Academy attention for her manipulative actress in “Frankie.” It opens in the States on Oct. 25.
In fifth is Kristen Stewart, who moved on to more art-house fare after becoming a household name as Bella the vampire lover in the “Twilight” franchise. The actress, now 29, first broke out when she played Jodie Foster‘s daughter in 2002’s “The Panic Room.” Only 5% are pushing for Oscar attention for her turn as Jean Seberg, the ’60s “Breathless” actress who popularized the pixie haircut and was targeted for illegal surveillance by the FBI.
Oddly, three of these actresses are playing actresses. Hmm.
Interestingly enough, two responders in the comment section feel that the whole overdue thing is over with the Oscars, given what happened with Glenn Close and “The Wife” last year when she lost for the seventh time.
Says Jack Mahabes: “This past year Glenn Close’s loss showed the Academy is done with giving people Oscars for the sake of being overdue.”
And Natalie Zayas-Bazan has this thought: “Please let’s not start this ‘overdue’ crap again. I seriously was about to jump out of the window if they had called Glenn Close’s name at the Oscars. It’s about the best performance. Period.”
Are they right? What say all of you? Share your thoughts about overdue Oscars in the comments below:
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