Oscars: Will Brie Larson or Jennifer Lawrence Win Best Actress? Weighing the Odds

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Though Oscar season has yet to reach its peak, there’s already a few clear frontrunners in the best actress race. Brie Larson’s heartwrenching performance as Ma in “Room” races in front of the pack with 9:4 odds, as projected by the media experts at Gold Derby. Still, she faces tough competition in Oscar-winners Cate Blanchett (“Carol”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”). In the meantime, don’t count out Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”).

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  1. Elgran Reyes says:

    Everybody, chill! Nobody’s been nominated yet. The critics award will begin the season in a few weeks. Speculate later after the noms are announced.

  2. Jessica says:

    Brie Larson is superb and insuperable in Room so she’ll win the Oscar. Point.

  3. Quan Pham says:

    Prepare to be disappointed, those who place their bets on Brie and Jen, because Queen Cate is gonna take another Oscar to her triumph room.

    • Jack says:

      I’m sorry but her acting seems a nit unnatural in Carol, a bit too constructed. I think Mara has a better chance to win for Carol.

  4. jeff says:

    It seems that Jennifer Lawrence pulled off another Silver Linings like performance in Joy. She is incredible! I think she could win the Oscar. Brie Larson is good but it’s her first nomination and I think the young boy Tremblay was the center of Room.

  5. Jazzy Jujuba says:

    Cate for ‘Carol’. Threepeat!

  6. Daniel says:

    Brie Larson or Saoirse Ronan for me.
    Everybody is boring about David O. Russell especially for his hysterical intention to win Oscar, he just doesn’t make films for art, and Jennifer has an Oscar yet and doesn’t deserve a second, that’s evident.

    • Marc says:

      “that’s evident”…What is evident is that if Jennifer Lawrence gave another great performance like Winter’s Bone or Silver Linings in Joy, she is going to win. It’s her against Brie in my opinion.

  7. Andrea says:

    Brie Larson is my favorite, she’s AMAZING in Room and with a clear Oscar performance.

  8. Cheyenne says:

    Brie deserves it way more.

    • Marc says:

      Why? It’s only her first nomination…Jennifer Lawrence didn’t win for Winter’s Bone (should have) and had to work hard in order to reach her first win. You need to show consistency and a track record…A nomination for Brie is well deserved and it’s already a big win.

      • Scarlet says:

        Yes, Jennifer didn’t win on her first nomination. So what? What relevance does that hold to Brie’s possible nomination? Other first time nominees have won in the past (like Hilary Swank and Eddie Redmayne) so it is definitely not illogical to think Brie could win too.

        “You need to show consistency and a track record”

        100% wrong. The nomination is for ONE film, not an actor’s entire filmography.Barkhad Abdi and Lupita N’yongo were both nominated for their FIRST film roles. The latter won (which I think she deserved) but both have less acting credits than Larson, and they’re not the only actors who have been nominated or won for their first films. Also, the Academy frequently nominates child actors. Anna Paquin and Tatum O’neal are two of the youngest Oscar winners and neither one has ever received a second nomination for their wins. So your statement is not at all true.

  9. Michael says:

    It’s Brie Larson’s first nomination and she shared her performance with Jacob Tremblay, who was great. Lawrence has to carry Joy on her shoulders and she is really fantastic. I would really like to see Jennifer Lawrence win the Oscar again. And if Brie doesn’t win, a nomination is still great.

  10. jimmy says:

    JENNIFER LAWRENCE.

  11. john says:

    Brie Larson did a very good job in Room, but it feels like Jennifer Lawrence is going to steal the movie Joy. Plus, she was incredible in Mockingjay Part 2 and I think she deserves an Oscar nomination also for that. Jennifer Lawrence is something really special.

  12. kaka says:

    I used to like Brie and i think she is a wonderful actress, but I don’t know. It’s her first nomination.. I would like to see more of her before give her an oscar. Besides, She became so full of herself in twitter with all that self promotion. I never saw anything like this. I know you have to campaigning, but she crossed all the lines.

    Well, I really love Jennifer. I think she is one of the most versatile actress on your age. I would love to see her winning a second oscar and if Joy is really good, I don’t see why not.
    And if it is to give an Oscar to someone young than Jennifer, I prefer Saoirse Ronan, who is incredibly talented. Saoirse is amazing in Brooklyn and it is not desperately self-promoting on twitter.

    • jamie says:

      Brie is in a tiny film with an independent studio that has never gotten a single Oscar nomination for any of their films. Jennifer Lawrence is in a major studio film, has 2 film franchises, and is a household name. If you don’t get why Brie has to push harder, you’re not living in the real world. The deck is totally stacked against her and she needs to bust her butt just to get people to see her film and to remember her name when they vote. Not all actresses get to use Vogue covers and worldwide promo tours to get their names out there.

      • kaka says:

        I think you forgot that first Jennifer nomation was in a tiny film with an independent studio, but I dont really remmenber seeing she full of herself. And I am NOT saying she did not have to campaign. Rather, she has to go to the talks shows and parties as she is already doing, but she does not need to go to twitter to RT in all those who say that she has already won the Oscar. This is ridiculous. Lupita Nyongo did not need to do this to win and neither Jennifer to be nominated for Winters Bone. Brie need to campaign, yes, but not get to the ridiculous. Even several fans warned her on Twitter and she stopped with that.

    • Scarlet says:

      This is more than just about winning an oscar for Brie. She’s been acting since she was a child and has never received this kind of attention before. Most of her work are low budget indie films and guest appearances on tv shows. She’s campaigning so Hollywood will take notice of her and start casting her in more lead roles. She’s using the Oscar buzz to her advantage to further her career. There’s nothing wrong with that. If she’s a wonderful actress like you think she is than Brie doesn’t deserve to lose a potential Oscar win just because you think she’s trying too hard to secure a nomination. The Oscars are supposed to be about the best acting performances and films of the year, not who had the best Oscar campaign.

      • Jack says:

        I saw room and I don’t know if I can say Brie is so exceptional that she deserves to win as some people are saying. I think a nomination for Brie would be enough don’t you think? Let’s wait to see the other performances…

      • Scarlet says:

        “And sorry but all these actresses are campaigning, but nobody has to be declaring as the candidate who deserves to win to actually win.”

        I don’t mean to be rude, but I have to say I feel like the above statement is a contradiction to your first post. You claim people shouldn’t be declaring anyone more “deserving” but suggested in your first response that you think Brie is less deserving than Jennifer and Saoirse because you feel she’s campaigning too hard for her nomination. I haven’t seen Room, Brooklyn, or Joy yet so I have no judgments yet on who I think gave the best performance, but I don’t like the idea of rooting against someone because of their Oscar campaign. As I said in my first reply, the Academy Awards are supposed to be about rewarding people’s work in films, no on who has the best method of campaigning.

      • kaka says:

        Here is the problem. I do not know if she was so better than the other candidates. As I said, Saoirse is wonderful in Brooklyn. I know the work of Brie, but I do not know if room is so different from of her performance in Short Term 12, for exemple. I feel like I still need to see more of her, see if she’s really versatile. I think there are other actresses competing with her equally or even more amazing, as Charlotte Rampling. And sorry but all these actresses are campaigning, but nobody has to be declaring as the candidate who deserves to win to actually win. Lupita Nyongo made na incredible campaign, without doing this, and she was more unknow than Brie.

  13. Sophie says:

    Brie Larson has to win it. She’s so talented and she’s magnificent in “Room”. Also she’s very charismatic, nice, smart and humble, and Jennifer won already so it’s time for Brie Larson.

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