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LAST UPDATED: March 9, 2023
2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Actress
Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win a SAG lead actress film award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Seeing her emotion take hold of her was heartwarming and long overdue for an actress that should have already been nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) and “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018).
Then there’s Cate Blanchett, after winning BAFTA, Critics Choice and Globes for “Tár,” and the only viable opportunity to reward the Todd Field psychological drama. If she wins, she’ll become the eighth performer to win three or more statuettes joining — Katharine Hepburn (4), Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Walter Brennan and Frances McDormand.
Yeoh turned it on at the right time. Her co-star James Hong may have also helped bring it home for her during his rousing SAG speech (and quite possibly Jamie Lee Curtis). She’ll be the first Asian to win lead actress at the Oscars, and the second woman of color after Halle Berry for “Monster’s Ball” (2001).
It’ll be a photo finish.
Will Win: Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)
Could Win: Cate Blanchett, “Tár” (Focus Features)
Should Win: Michelle Yeoh
Should have been here: Danielle Deadwyler, “Till” (Orion/United Artists Releasing)
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The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre and televised live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
2022 category winner: Jessica Chastain, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" (Searchlight Pictures)
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