By Mark Pinkert
We’ll find out for sure on Thursday, January 16th, when the Oscar nominees are announced, but for the time being it seems that the Best Actress ticket will be filled with usual suspects. According to the trustworthy Feinberg Forecast, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Sandra Bullock, and Cate Blanchett are the frontrunners in this category. If one of these five actresses doesn’t make the ticket, my guess is that they’ll have been replaced by Amy Adams, whose performance in American Hustle was seductive, uninhibited, and also widely discussed.
All of these Best Actress frontrunners are already household names with fortified film careers, but there are other actresses on the bubble who deserve and could use some of the Oscar recognition. One actress who has stuck out is Brie Larson of Short Term 12 (2013). Though this must-see film has only done about $1 million in revenue, Larson has received outstanding praise from critics and from the indie award circuit (she won the Gotham award for Best Actress and was nominated for Independent Spirit and Critics Choice awards), and it’s clear that she has a bright future ahead. She’s only twenty four, but she’s been acting since she was very young, and in a way has been hiding in plain sight. She has had roles in the Showtime show United States of Tara (2009), Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg (2010), Don Jon (2013), 21 Jump Street (2012) and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010), but playing Grace in Short Term 12 was definitely her breakthrough performance.