Oscars Week: Best Actress

Which talented woman is destined to win tomorrow? Is it Jennifer Lawrence, the only nomination for David O. Russell’s Joy? Cate Blanchett, the Meryl Streep of her era?

And the nominees for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role are:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

What a difficult choice. Jennifer Lawrence was excellent in Joy, a film that was, I think, underrated. I think it would be wonderful is Brie Larson won, and Charlotte Rampling is a great actress (though if she lost, we’d enjoy a sliver of schadenfreude). Saoirse Ronan is Brooklyn. She is Eilis. But… Cate Blanchett should win.

The moment she appeared on screen I stopped breathing. I fell madly, incomprehensibly in love with Carol Aird. I knew it was Blanchett, but I was nevertheless ready to give up my life in 2015 Brooklyn for 1950s Manhattan. Carol was a beautiful, moving film. I desperately want it to win every award it’s been nominated for.

Make sure to check out all of our Oscars Week picks!

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