As usual, winnowing the Oscars’ Best Actress race to five nominees will be agonizing. Just the way we like it.
With the holidays fast approaching, awards season is entering overdrive. Most of the year’s campaign-defining film festivals are behind us, clarifying the narratives that can make or break the top-tier contenders. Between now and the announcement of the nominations on Jan. 23, I’ll lay odds on the Oscars’ six major categories, ranking the contenders according to their stature at time of publication. Of course, anything can change once more precursor prizes are announced. (For example, will German actress Vicky Kriepsbreak through after Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” screens for press? TBD.)
Consider this your first HuffPost cheat sheet for the 2018 Oscar contest. The awards air March 4.
16Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner”Roadside AttractionsHollywood has never known quite what to do with Salma Hayek, a nimble genre hopper without a distinct wheelhouse. “Frida,” which netted her only Oscar nomination to date, feels like an anomaly on Hayek’s résumé, if only because most of her arty movies haven’t found much of a shelf life. Had the Sundance drama “Beatriz at Dinner” made an incision at the box office, it could have been her next Oscar bid. Playing an immigrant working as a holistic healer in California, her every expression bears the weight of a weary life spent serving those who hold society’s power.15Nicole Kidman, “The Beguiled”Focus FeaturesNicole Kidman won an Emmy for “Big Little Lies” in September, and she has two movies ready for Oscar fodder: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Beguiled.” The former, an edgy art-house downer, will be a tough sit for the Academy’s steak-and-potatoes bloc; the latter, on the other hand, bears the insignia of the admired Sofia Coppola. As the matriarch of an all-girls boarding school during the Civil War, Kidman is the movie’s highlight. She’s a four-time nominee, but this gig may not be showy enough to make voters’ ballots, especially since “The Beguiled” opened in June, already a fleeting memory.14Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman”Warner BrosWarner Bros. is plotting a campaign in hopes of anointing “Wonder Woman” the first superhero spectacle nominated for Best Picture. It’s a losing battle, even for a box-office behemoth whose feminist values registered loudly amid a year of tumultuous political temperaments. But a Best Picture crack also gives Gal Gadot a portal into the Best Actress derby. …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Australia