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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ACTRESS

UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

New additions include Emily Blunt (“Wild Mountain Thyme”), Katherine Waterson (“The World to Come”), Meryl Streep (“The Prom”), Ciara Bravo (“Cherry”), Carrie Coon (“The Nest”) and Robin Wright (“Land”).

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Frances McDormand
    "Nomadland" (Searchlight Pictures)

  2. Vanessa Kirby
    "PIeces of a Woman" (Netflix)

  3. Viola Davis
    "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)

  4. Carey Mulligan
    "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features)

  5. Jennifer Hudson
    "Respect" (United Artists Releasing)

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NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. Michelle Pfeiffer
    "French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  2. Meryl Streep††
    "The Prom" (Netflix)

  3. Andra Day
    "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)

  4. Rashida Jones
    "On the Rocks" (Apple TV Plus)

  5. Kate Winslet
    "Ammonite" (Neon)

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TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. Julia Garner
    "The Assistant" (Bleecker Street)

  2. Rachel Brosnahan
    "I'm Your Woman" (Amazon Studios)

  3. Jessie Buckley
    "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Netflix)

  4. Sophia Loren
    "The Life Ahead" (Netflix)

  5. Emily Blunt
    "Wild Mountain Thyme" (Bleecker Street)

  6. Yeri Han
    "Minari" (A24)

  7. Elisabeth Moss
    "Shirley" (Neon)

  8. Amy Adams
    "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)

  9. Ciara Bravo†/††
    "Cherry" (Apple TV Plus)

  10. Katherine Waterston
    "The World to Come" (Bleecker Street)

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ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. Sienna Miller
    "Wander Darkly" (Lionsgate)

  2. Clare Dunne
    "Herself" (Amazon Studios)

  3. Cristin Milotti
    "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon)

  4. Sidney Flanigan
    "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" (Focus Features)

  5. Nicole Beharie
    "Miss Juneteenth" (Vertical Entertainment)

  6. Elisabeth Moss
    "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures)

  7. Rosamund Pike
    "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios)

  8. Lily James
    "Rebecca" (Netflix)

  9. Radha Blank
    "The 40-Year-Old-Version" (Netflix)

  10. Haley Bennett
    "Swallow" (IFC Films)

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MORE AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. Julianne Moore
    "The Glorias" (Roadside Attractions)

  2. Yiefi Liu
    "Mulan" (Disney Plus)

  3. Lesley Manville
    "Ordinary Love" (Bleecker Street)

  4. Zazie Beetz
    "Nine Days" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  5. Annette Bening
    "Hope Gap" (Roadside Attractions)

  6. Carrie Coon
    "The Nest" (IFC Films)

  7. Anya Taylor-Joy
    "Emma." (Focus Features)

  8. Jo Ellen Pellman
    "The Prom" (Netflix)

  9. Eliza Scanlen
    "Babyteeth" (IFC Films)

  10. Robin Wright
    "Land" (Focus Features)

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UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • Cathy Ang,“Over the Moon” (Netflix)
  • Camila Cabello,“Cinderella” (Sony Pictures)
  • Jessica Chastain,“The 355” (Universal Pictures)
  • Hong Chau,“Driveways” (FilmRise)
  • Elizabeth Debicki,“The Burnt Orange Heresy” (Bleecker Street)
  • Beanie Feldstein,“How to Build a Girl” (IFC Films)
  • Tina Fey,“Soul” (Pixar)
  • Gal Gadot,“Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros.)†
  • Anne Hathaway,“The Witches” (HBO Max)
  • Zainab Jah,“Farewell Amor” (Wavelength Productions)
  • Abbi Jacobson,“Connected” (Sony Pictures)
  • Riley Keough,“The Lodge” (Neon)
  • Diane Lane,“Let Him Go” (Focus Features)
  • Jennifer Lopez,“Marry Me” (Universal Pictures)
  • Lena Olin,“The Artist’s Wife” (Strand Releasing)
  • Issa Rae,“The Photograph” (Universal Pictures)
  • Margot Robbie,“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” (Warner Bros.)
  • Jessica Rothe,“All my Life” (Universal Pictures)
  • Keri Russell,“Antlers” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • Amy Ryan,“Lost Girls” (Netflix)
  • Kristen Stewart,“Happiest Season” (Sony Pictures)
  • Meryl Streep,“Let Them All Talk” (HBO Max)†
  • Charlize Theron,“The Old Guard” (Netflix)
  • Kristin Scott Thomas,“Military Wives” (Lionsgate)
  • Jacki Weaver,“Stage Mother” (Momentum Pictures)
  • Evan Rachel Wood,“Kajillionaire” (Focus Features)

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded actress is Katharine Hepburn with four wins over 12 nominations. Meryl Streep holds the record for the most nominations in best actress with 17 individual nominations with two wins for “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady.”

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