2022 Best Actress

Margot Robbie
Babylon
Michelle Williams
Showing Up
Emma Thompson
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Florence Pugh
Don’t Worry Darling
Naomi Ackie
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
2 nominations3 nominations4 nominations, 1 win (for acting)1 nominationNo nominations
The Oscars have a tough time resisting her, plus she’s playing a real-life moviestarIf Reichardt’s film can break into Oscars good graces, there is no reason to think Williams won’t be pulled along with itExpect to see a lot of pieces lauding Thompson’s brave portrayal. Critically adored out of SundanceCritically lauded, but she hasn’t headlined a hit yet. With Olivia Wilde behind the camera, this could be the oneThe Oscars did go for Respect last year, but newcomers doing biopics are their catnip
ALTERNATIVES
Anne Hathaway
Armageddon Time
Michelle Yeoh
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Carey Mulligan
She Said
Olivia Colman
Empire of Light
Cate Blanchett
TÁR
2 nominations, 1 winNo nominations2 nominations3 nominations, 1 win7 nominations, 2 wins
She might have fallen out of favor after her win, but it’s been a decade, maybe it’s time for a critical comeback. She’s never badShe’s never bad and she’s getting rave reviews. Maybe one of the few early contenders that could hang onProbably closer to winning in 2020 than most realize. She plays the game and is always greatThe Oscars will get sick of her eventually, right?Todd Field is 2-2 in getting Best Actress nominations. Blanchett probably didn’t miss in 2021 by much
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Emma Stone
Poor Things
Tilda Swinton
3000 Years of Longing
Taylor Russell
Bones & All
Zoe Kazan
She Said
Jennifer Lawrence
Red, White and Water
3 nominations, 1 win1 nomination, 1 winNo nominationsNo nominations4 nominations,
1 win
Lanthimos made it work for her before, but how weird can it get before the Academy ignores it?More bullish on her than I am on Elba, mostly because she has already won before. Still could be a package dealGreat reviews from Waves could lead to her breakthrough as long as the film is to the Oscars’ tasteIf the film really hits, they will probably relegate Kazan to Supporting, but it sounds like a co-leadNever got any footing with Don’t Look Up, but this seems more what the Academy is looking for