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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog



Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Ruth Negga
(never nom'ed)
Nov 4th 

Early buzz is strong on this true story drama and Jeff Nichols is well positioned to breakthrough to more mainstream acclaim. Plus she's a highly watchable actress

Viola Davis
(2 noms)
Dec 16th 

The Academy owes her a statue and we're getting impatient. She won the Tony for this and there is a history of stars winning both statues for the same role.

Annette Bening
20th Century Women
(4 noms)


Mike Mills has a gift for iconoclastic family drama (see Beginners) and she's playing an unconventional woman teaching her son about the world in the 70s

Meryl Streep
Florence Foster Jenkins
(19 noms | 3 wins) 
Aug 12th 

It's always unwise to bet against Streep. But with so many rich possibilities this year could something featherweight factor in after opening in the summer?


Jessica Chastain
Miss Sloane
(2 noms)
Dec 9th 

She's the title character, naturally, in this timely drama about the gun lobby. Can it get that Zero Dark Thirty political heat?



Tier 2 - But watch out for...

Emily Blunt
Girl on the Train
(never nom'ed)
Oct 7th 

She's been building momentum for years and this could be the major howcase to do it (if the film is a big hit)


Amy Adams
(5 noms)
Nov 11th 

She's a linguist brought in to communicate with aliens in this potentially rich sci-fi drama from Denis Villeneuve. But is it an actor's showcase in any way?

Emma Stone
La La Land
(1 nomination)
Dec 16th 

Stone & Gosling are wisely reteaming for a third time (after ably proving their chemistry twice prior) and, better yet, it's a musical. Can't wait.

Kate Beckinsale
Love & Friendship
(never nom'ed)
June 3rd 

Can this charming comedy get the push it deserves? And if it wins Globe attention could Beckinsale work enough red carpets to make Oscar traction happen?

 Sally Field
Hello My Name is Doris
(3 noms | 2 wins)
April 1st 

She made a hit out of this tiny comedy. Will her presumed Globe nod at the end of the year remind people how delightful she is in it?


Tier 3 - Or Maybe...

Isabelle Huppert
(never nom'ed)
Nov 11th 


Sony Pictures Classics has sometimes been very smart with campaigns. Can they make a big deal that Huppert (an international legend) has never been honored?

Rachel Weisz
(1 nom | 1 win)
Sept 30th 

She's fighting against Holocaust deniers in this true story drama. Oscar likes a little deglam and she sure looks a mess compared to her usual glam self

Alicia Vikander
The Light Between Oceans
(1 nom | 1 win)
Sept 2nd 

Was the Oscar enough for awhile or will Oscar want more Vikander immediately as dessert?

Michelle Pfeiffer
Beat-Up Little Seagull
(3 noms)


The great star plays a fragile woman dealing with a new relationship and a death.Will the film get a tiny release or a big Pfeiffer is overdue push

 Jennifer Lawrence
(4 noms | 1 win)
Dec 25th 

Chris Pratt is lonely in space... until Jennifer Lawrence wakes up. Can two stars at peak charisma make this an automatic winner?

Tier Extra - Still More Female Leads This Year...

Susan Sarandon - The Meddler; Marion Cotillard - Allied; Isabelle Huppert - Things to Come/L'Avenir; Shirley Maclaine - Wild Oats ; Felicity Jones -Rogue One; Rebecca Hall - Christine; Amy Adams - Nocturnal Animals; Rosamund Pike -United Kingdom; Anya-Taylor Joy - The Witch; Mary Elizabeth Winstead - 10 Cloverfield Lane; Krisha Fairchild -Krisha; Blake Lively - The Shallows; Renee Zellweger - Bridget Jones Baby;

Waiting for 2017
Jessica Chastain - The Zookeeper's Wife, Alicia Vikander - Tulip Fever