2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Lead Actress

Next to Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actress is the next toughest category at the moment. But, while nothing is certain, it does seem as though the five spots have already been filled.

Frances McDormand is a force to be reckoned with in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. She is a lock.

Saoirse Ronan is electric and subtly transformed in Lady Bird. She is a lock.

Sally Hawkins is joyous and heartbreaking in The Shape of Water. She is a lock.

Meryl Streep is vulnerable and profound in The Post. She is a lock.

Finally, Margot Robbie is a career best in I, Tonya. She may not be a lock, but she is out ahead of the rest of the contenders without a doubt.

But, as said before, nothing is certain.

Jessica Chastain could also garner some serious consideration for her role in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game. Chastain is commanding, and she’s continuously put in wonderful performance after wonderful performance, so she’s one that’s long “overdue.”

Judi Dench is a near icon of the industry. The weaknesses of Victoria and Abdul would not hamper her potential, if the Academy really does love her work.

Emma Stone may have just won last year for La La Land, but she could definitely return for her performance Battle of the Sexes. The film seems to have fallen off heavily, but if one thread were to hold on, it would be Stone.

Kate Winslet could also sneak in for that fifth spot. One must also entertain the notion of Michelle Williams contending for All the Money in the World. She did receive a Golden Globe nomination, which doesn’t mean much, but also doesn’t mean nothing either.

Finally, while incredibly unlikely — we would like to present the conversation anyway, because it would be wonderful if it worked out — Daniela Vega could make history as the first transgender woman to be nominated, as she’s received much acclaim for A Fantastic Woman.

The 5
Frances McDormand — Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Saoirse Ronan — Lady Bird
Sally Hawkins — The Shape of Water
Meryl Streep — The Post
Margot Robbie — I, Tonya

Could contend
Jessica Chastain — Molly’s Game

Kate Winslet — Wonder Wheel
Judi Dench — Victoria and Abdul
Michelle Williams — All the Money in the World
Emma Stone — Battle of the Sexes
Daniela Vega — A Fantastic Woman


Featured image via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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