Tag: best leading actress

2020 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Harriet” — Two Nominations

Nothing against the film, but I’m surprised “Harriet” got as much attention as it did. The fact that Cynthia Erivo showed up in during a stacked year for performances is quite the achievement. It reeks of voting for a person of color to get a nomination, but I don’t want to undermine Erivo’s accomplishments. Renée Zellweger is the clear front-runner with Scarlett Johansson right behind her. The experts place Erivo at the back of the pack.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Bombshell” — Three Nominations

At this point in the season, it would take a lot for anyone to usurp the front-runner Renée Zellweger. If anyone is, it seems more likely that it will be Scarlett Johansson. The experts place Charlize Theron as the next in line, but at that point, it will likely be a toss up anyway.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Little Women” — Six Nominations

Despite the uproar that director Greta Gerwig missed out on her directing nomination, “Little Women” holds very little chance of winning Best Picture. For one thing, it simply has not won anywhere else. On top of that, it’s been missing in places where it was favored to win, like the Writers Guild awards. The sympathy vote for Gerwig seems not existent and without that, it really stands no chance against the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”).

2020 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Marriage Story” — Six Nominations

In the Best Picture category, there are currently the “big three,” which are the films with the best shot at winning. “Marriage Story” is not one of them. They include “1917,” “Parasite,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” I would even say “The Irishman” falls in somewhere ahead of “Marriage Story” as well.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Judy” — Two Nominations

Renée Zellweger has swept the awards season and there looks to be no stopping her. There’s no reason to believe she won’t win the Oscar as well.

2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

“A STAR IS BORN”Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor Director: Bradley CooperProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When rock star Jackson Maine meets struggling singer Ally, he is impressed by her talent and … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

“THE FAVOURITE”Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos Director: Yorgos LanthimosProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early 1700s, Queen Anne, in poor health and emotionally unstable, allows her most trusted confidante, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

“ROMA”Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón Director: Alfonso CuarónProducers: Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez, and Nicolas CelisWriters: Alfonso CuarónCinematography: Alfonso CuarónEditors: Alfonso Cuarón and Adam GoughComposer: Steven PriceDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City in the early 1970s, Cleo is a maid in the household of a middle-class doctor. She takes on increasing responsibility caring for the family’s … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant,Nicole Holofcener, & Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle HellerProducers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David YarnellWriters: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff WhittyBased On: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” by Lee IsraelCinematography: Brandon TrostEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Nate HellerDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: October 19, 2018Run-time: 107 minutes MELISSA McCARTHY CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Lee Israel, Melissa McCarthy plays a biographer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [1] “The Wife” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

GLENN CLOSE“The Wife” Director: Björn RungeProducers: Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Piers Tempest, Piodor Gustafsson, and Claudia BluemhubeWriters: Jane AndersonBased On: “The Wife” by Meg WolitzerCinematography: Ulf BrantåsEditor: Lena RungeComposer: Jocelyn PookDistributors: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: August 17, 2018Run-time: 100 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Glenn Close plays Joan Archer, a wife questioning her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [1] “The Wife” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Director & Writer: Martin McDonagh Producers: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Cinematography: Ben Davis Editor: Jon Gregory Composer: Carter Burwell Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: November 10, 2017 Run-time: 115 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes is so furious that … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

Director: Craig Gillespie Producers: Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Steven Rogers, and Bryan Unkeless Writer: Steven Rogers Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 8, 2017 Run-time: 119 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Despite the abuse she suffers at the hands of her overbearing mother, ice skater Tonya Harding matures into an accomplished athlete, becoming the first American woman to execute a triple … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Post” – 2 Nominations

“THE POST” Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger Director: Steven Spielberg Writers: Liz Hannah & Josh Singer Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński Editor: Nick Houy Composer: John Williams Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 22, 2017 Run-time: 116 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1971, Washington Post owner Kay Graham, the first female publisher of a major newspaper, and executive editor Ben Bradlee debate whether they … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Post” – 2 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Lady Bird” – 5 Nominations

“LADY BIRD” Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill Director: Greta Gerwig Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, & Evelyn O’Neill Writer: Greta Gerwig Cinematography: Sam Levy Editor: Nick Houy Distributor: A24 Release Date: November 3, 2017 Run-time: 93 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Strong-willed teenager Christine McPherson, who has dubbed herself Lady Bird, yearns to leave her hometown of Sacramento and attend college on the East Coast. … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Lady Bird” – 5 Nominations

2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” (3 nominations)

Directed by: Pablo Larraín Written by: Noah Oppenheim Cinematography by: Stéphane Fontaine Music by: Mica Levi Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December, 2016 Budget: $9 million FILM SYNOPSIS: After her husband is assassinated in Dallas in 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy strives to maintain a public show of strength while grieving in private and caring for their two young children. As she searches for … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” (3 nominations)

2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

NATALIE PORTMAN “Jackie” Directed by: Pablo Larraín Written by: Noah Oppenheim Cinematography by: Stéphane Fontaine Music by: Mica Levi Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December, 2016 Budget: $9 million   CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Jackie Kennedy, Natalie Portman portrays the grieving and intensely private First Lady, who seeks to ensure her late husband’s legacy — and her own — following his assassination. Who’s … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Jackie” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

2017 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Florence Foster Jenkins” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

MERYL STREEP “Florence Foster Jenkins” Directed by: Stephen Frears Written by: Nicholas Martin Cinematography by: Danny Cohen Music by: Alexandre Desplat Distributed by: Paramount Pictures Release Date: August 12, 2016 Budget: $29 million   MERYL STREEP “Florence Foster Jenkins” Meryl Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress whose enthusiasm for singing is so pronounced that — despite her lack of talent — she decides … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Florence Foster Jenkins” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

2017 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2 nominations)

Directed by: Stephen Frears Written by: Nicholas Martin Cinematography by: Danny Cohen Music by: Alexandre Desplat Distributed by: Paramount Pictures Release Date: August 12, 2016 Budget: $29 million   // Produced by Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward // Directed by Stephen Frears // // Dated Viewed: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 // DVD // 39 films – 25 days //

2017 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Florence Foster Jenkins” – Best Costume Design

“FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” Consolata Boyle Directed by: Stephen Frears Written by: Nicholas Martin Cinematography by: Danny Cohen Music by: Alexandre Desplat Distributed by: Paramount Pictures Release Date: August 12, 2016 Budget: $29 million   FILM SYNOPSIS: Heiress Florence Foster Jenkins has been a champion of music her entire life, although her enthusiastic singing is dreadful. When she decides to give a concert at Carnegie … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Florence Foster Jenkins” – Best Costume Design

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Joy” – Best Leading Actress

JENNIFER LAWRENCE “Joy” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Jennifer Lawrence plays Joy, a single mother with a conflicted extended family, whose determination to better her life prompts her to invent the Miracle Mop. Most years when David O. Russell releases a film, the acting categories fill up with his players. “The Fight,” “American Hustle,” and “Silver Linings Playbook” all saw their respected actors getting nominations and in … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Joy” – Best Leading Actress

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [19] “45 Years” – Best Leading Actress

CHARLOTTE RAMPLING “45 Years” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: As Kate Mercer, Charlotte Rampling plays a woman whose plans for a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary are disrupted by unsettling news. In her over 50 years of experience, actress Charlotte Rampling (69) has never even been nominated for an Academy Award. Now, this year, she is recognized for the role that won her the Silver … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [19] “45 Years” – Best Leading Actress

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Carol” – 6 nominations

“CAROL” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, and Christine Vachon //Directed by Todd Haynes // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO //  29 films – 37 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Brooklyn” – 3 nominations

“BROOKLYN” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey //Directed by John Crowley // // Dated Viewed: Friday, January 22nd, 2016 // AMC CITYWALK //  32 films – 38 days //

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [25] Blue Jasmine – Three Nominations

Cate Blanchett Nominated Role: As Jasmine, Cate Blanchett portrays a formerly wealthy woman who moves in with her sister after the break-up of her marriage. The odds-on favorite to win, Cate Blanchett has won absolutely every award in her path to get here. Woody Allen obviously provides a fantastic screenplay but with Blanchett and her ability to bring Jasmine to life, this film would … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [25] Blue Jasmine – Three Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon There are three big contenders in the Best Picture category this year: “Gravity”, “12 Years A Slave”, and “American Hustle”. Now, “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” are the odds-on favorites to win, both vying for the Best Directing category and leaving David O. Russell out of the mix, but the steam that is building … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

Alfonso Cuarón & David Heyman “Gravity” surprised everyone this year, bringing a female driven, original screenplay, big budget blockbuster to the masses. Warner Brothers probably couldn’t be more pleased and could mark a back to back year for the studio with “Argo” winning last year. “Gravity” lands an amazing ten nominations, with a high chance of winning most of them including Best Visual Effects, … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [9] August: Osage County – Two Nominations

Meryl Streep Nominated Role: Meryl Streep portrays Violet Weston, an Oklahoma matriarch whose three grown daughters return home for their father’s funeral. Believe it or not, but this is Meryl Streep’s eighteenth Academy Award nomination, holding the record for most nominations in the history of the Oscars, starting with “The Deer Hunter” (1979) all the way to “The Iron Lady” (2011) to which she … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [9] August: Osage County – Two Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [24] My Week With Marilyn & 2 Acting Noms

[22 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[18 DAYS TO OSCARS] Playing a well-known historical figure is tough. Especially one as well-known as Marilyn Monroe. The difficulty comes in being compared to that figure and never quite adding up to what people expect from that role. Marilyn was never nominated for an Academy Award, so Michelle Williams being nominated playing Monroe is quite the accomplishment and … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [24] My Week With Marilyn & 2 Acting Noms

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [22] The Iron Lady & 2 nominations

[24 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[20 DAYS TO OSCARS] Meryl Streep is by far a frontrunner in this year’s Oscar race, but not because the film she is in is an utter success, but because Meryl Streep is who she is. Since she’s been successful before, winning two Academy Awards already (one in 1979 for “Kramer Vs. Kramer” and one in 1982 for “Sophie’s … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [22] The Iron Lady & 2 nominations

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2011 Oscars Challenge: Blue Valentine

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Blue Valentine” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Rabbit Hole

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Rabbit Hole” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Black Swan

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Black Swan” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Winter’s Bone

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Winter’s Bone” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Kids Are All Right

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Kids are All Right” (2010)
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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Last Station

THE LAST STATION Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role This film deserves the story that preceded it. A friend of mine and I decided to see this film at a 9:55pm showing on a Tuesday night. Upon purchasing our tickets and getting concessions, we walked to the numbered theater that … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Last Station

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

PRECIOUS Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Best Achievement in Editing Precious, as it appears, is worth its weight in gold, at least Oscar gold. Word of mouth made this … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

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2010 Oscars Challenge: An Education

AN EDUCATION Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published The film An Education was unlike any film I saw it being. The trailers for An Education made the film look scandalous. The result was quite the opposite. Carey Mulligan plays a young woman in … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: An Education

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Blind Side

THE BLIND SIDE Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Ask any one of my friends and most likely they can tell one thing… I dislike Sandra Bullock. Recently, her two headline roles have been in the Proposal and All About Steve (to which she won as Razzie Award, the equivalence of worst performance … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Blind Side

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Julie & Julia

JULIE & JULIA Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep) Julie & Julia inspired me to start this blog. The film itself was entertaining, but did not strike me as Oscar-worthy. The performances were sub-par, especially from Meryl Streep. I simply have a feeling that the people that grew up with Julia Childs teaching them to cook on … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Julie & Julia