Sigh. These acting categories have become so boring. Best Lead Actress, in particular, could’ve been really, really interesting. As the awards season started, it seemed as though any of these five outstanding performances could’ve picked up awards. But then, Frances McDormand swept the precursors. It’s disappointing, as her performance is the most explicit and, thus, least fruitful. Out of all of the races, it’s difficult to be as frustrated here because McDormand is such an awesome figure. But again, things could’ve been more interesting.
The beloved Sally Hawkins might have an outside shot to spoil, as might Saoirse Ronan and even Margot Robbie (see? the fact that all of these feel as though they have outside shots shows how strong this category is). However, the right bet is the safe one.
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
Will win: Frances McDormand — Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Could win: Sally Hawkins — The Shape of Water
Should win: Margot Robbie — I, Tonya
Should’ve been nominated: Jessica Chastain — Molly’s Game
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