Best Actress

Amy Adams

#1 Amy Adams (Big Eyes)

The Weinstein Co. /  Directed By
Release Date: December 25, 2014

Reese Witherspoon

#2 Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Fox Searchlight Pictures /  Directed By
Release Date: December 5, 2014

Previously
Ranked
4

Julianne Moore

#3 Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)

eOne Films /  Directed By
Release Date: Unknown 2014 Release

Previously
Ranked
5

Jessica Chastain

#4 Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)

A24 /  Directed By
Release Date: Unknown 2014 Release

Previously
Ranked
10

Rosamund Pike

#5 Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

20th Century Fox /  Directed By
Release Date: October 3, 2014

  • steandric

    Why do people keep on nominating Amy Adams? Aren't they not tired?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ryman328/ Ryan Fecskovics

      I don't think they'll ever get tired of her. She is here to stay.

  • Carlos.

    Brad, the chances of Carol getting a 2014 release are slim, and she's
    supporting to Rooney Mara in the book, though that hardly matters with category fraud and all.

  • andrea

    Marion Cotillard has to be nominated at Oscar with some of her wonderful performances this year. The Immigrant or Two Days One Night.

  • joshua leary

    Brad I didn't see Zoe Kazan on your list for her wonderful performance in the "The Pretty One" I think her performance has been one of the best by an actress in a lead performance in the first half of the year

  • Stergios

    If Marion Cotillard doesn't get her second Oscar nomination this year
    for either "Two days, one night" or "The Immigrant", there's
    no justice at all in this world we live in. It's almost inconceivable
    that she hasn't won her second Oscar yet. Her performance as Ewa Cybulska in James Gray's "The Immigrant" is so powerful that can overshadow any performance given by an actress of the last five years. It's such a miracle of a performance no one's work can even come close. mean, let's face it: Marion Cotillard is without a hint of doubt the greatest actress of all time. There has never been an actress (nor there will ever be, I'm pretty sure about that) that can reach her otherwordly talent in acting, her unmatched technical skills, her obviously limitless depth, her level of commitment to every role she so brilliantly portrays on screen or on stage and her constant desire to take risks. Marion Cotillard is the definition of acting, something like the incarnation of the word itself, she tops every person in the history of mankind, male or female (from Daniel Day-Lewis and Philip Seymour Hoffman to Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep) who ever attempted to become an actor. With every performance she gives, she redefines the term of acting, it's as if she pushes acting to a whole another level. From the legendary Edith Piaf of "La vie en rose" and the disturbed Mal of "Inception" to the long-suffering wife of Day-Lewis' Guido in "Nine" and the emotionally shattered amuptee from "Rust and bone", Marion Cotillard has dedicated herself to her craft in a way no actor/actress can ever claim he/she ever did. Yes, that includes the great Daniel Day-Lewis. That includes the legendary Katharine Hepburn. Seriously, Cotillard portrays a role as if the soul of her each character has penetrated
    into every part of her body. I simply cannot explain how is it possible
    for her to do something like that. Actually, I simply cannot explain how is it possible for an ordinary mortal to be that talented. One could suggest that she's maybe an android or something, because it's maybe not natural by human standards to have a talent like the one she has. She has been absolutely incredible in every film she's been in (yep, that includes "The Dark Knight Rises" and even her cameo in the sequel of "Anchorman"). She should have had at least 15 oscar wins by now. Literally. It's not only a shame that she has never been nominated again for an Oscar after grabbing her first one back in 2008 for giving the best female performance ever put on screen in "La vie en rose", it's inconceivable. I mean, really, how is it possible that she hasn't even been nominated for "Nine" and Sandra Bullock ended up winning for "The Blind Side"? She's a real phenomenon and she should get her second Oscar for "The Immigrant". I'm 100% sure she's more than worthy for the Dardennes film also, but I'd be really surprised if she went for a foreign drama of social realism. Her biggest chances are maybe with "Macbeth", but she may go supporting for that. Rosamund Pike and Carey Mulligan seem like solid bets for "Gone, girl" and "Suffragette" respecitvely, but I guess we'll have to wait to see the response to their films. I have a feeling Julianne Moore will go supporting for "Maps to the
    stars" and judging from the nature of the film, I doubt she has much of a
    chance, even for a nomination (which of course is a shame).
    None-the-less, she has this "due" factor that may help her grab a
    nomination. Amy Adams definitely seems like the current frontrunner, but it's probably too early to say. I really want to see her as a winner at some point (if it hadn't
    been for Blanchett's "bigger than life" performance in "Blue Jasmine"
    last year, I think she would have won this year for "American Hustle"), but, how can any
    actress put next to Marion Cotillard and being preferred? It seems
    almost irrational to me.

  • gary snyder

    Where is Angelina Jolie for Malificent ?

  • jhairo cordova

    i think that only 2 of this list will be nominated

  • jhairo cordova

    my predictions
    reese witherspoon - wild
    amy Adams - big eyes
    jessica chastain - miss julie
    felecity jones - theory of everything
    jenifer garner - men, woman and children