Best Actress

Previously
Ranked
4

Julianne Moore

#1 Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Sony Pictures Classics /  Directed By and
Release Date: January 16, 2015 (Limited)

Previously
Ranked
3

Felicity Jones

#2 Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)

Focus Features /  Directed By
Release Date: November 7, 2014 (Limited)

Previously
Ranked
2

Reese Witherspoon

#3 Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

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

Previously
Ranked
1

Rosamund Pike

#4 Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

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

Amy Adams

#5 Amy Adams (Big Eyes)

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

    • Dennis Martin

      You're obsessed and not in a good way - lighten up! Everything is subjective and there are quite a few people who don't share your opinion of Cotillard. Julie Christie should have won the Oscar for "Away From Her". Cotillard as Piaf was decent at best. It was like Paltrow beating Blanchett for just one example.

      • Stergios

        Of course everything is subjective and I totally respect your opinion. What I expressed is simply mine, according to which Cotillard is just the best of the best and it's almost a scandal she hasn't even scored a second Oscar nomination yet. Admiring a tremendously talented artist and wanting to spread awareness for their work is not obsession, it's simply love for acting and the art of cinema. Still, everything is 100% subjective, I didn't claim it isn't.

  • 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

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/gemini56/ gemini56

    I'm surprised that you Marion Cotillard is not on your list for The Immigrant. She's amazing in it.

  • xscarletstorm

    I really want to see Amy finally take home an Oscar but i also wanna see Marion take home her second for "The Immigrant"

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

    1) Amy Adams - Big Eyes
    2) Jessica Chastain - Eleanor Rigby
    3) Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
    4) Reese Witherspoon - Wild
    5) Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/gemini56/ gemini56

    It's early to cal the race, but I think this will finally be Amy Adams year to win. I hope your prediction of a nomination for Julianne Moore comes true. It seems to me that she has been frequently cheated out of deserved nominations (e.g. The Kids Are Alright and A single Man).

  • jhairo cordova

    1) Reese Witherspoon - Wild
    2) Meryl Streep - Into the woods
    3) Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
    4) Maggie Smith - My old lady
    5) Jessica Chastain - Miss Julie

  • Ziad Salem

    i think there is no chance for cate blanchet this year even for nominations!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Albertpetrosyan13/ Albert Petrosyan

    I think you should update this list. Jennifer Aniston is getting raves for Cake.

  • jhairo cordova

    My predictions:
    1) Reese Witherspoon - Wild
    2) Felicity Jhones - The theory of everything
    3) Rosamund Pike - Gone girl
    4) Meryl Streep - Into the woods
    5) Amy Adams - Big eyes

  • Kenn Russell

    So last year, I almost predicted the top 5 who would get nominated for Oscar Best Actress if it were not for Meryl Streep. (I still believe Emma Thompson would've been a better choice.)
    This year, my prediction would be:
    1. Amy Adams for "Big Eyes" (She has to win. The race for women this year is very weak. The Academy would love to award someone with "Overdue" status during times like this.)
    2. Reese Witherspoon for "Wild" (This is a tricky one. Her campaign will focus more on Reese having a comeback in a Jean-Marc Vallee film. So it's "Overdue" vs. "Comeback" in the end. I go with "Overdue".)
    3. Felicity Jones in "The Theory of Everything" (She reminds me of Carey Mulligan in "An Education". She will get nominated. Winning? Hmmm, let me say not yet.)
    4. Jessica Chastain in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" (She looks amazing in the film. But Harvey Weinstein would need to focus on one woman to secure a win. He will go for Adams.)
    5. Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl" (The buzz around her performance looks great. The Academy would love to recognize that. Her nomination will be like a "welcome" to the league of amazing actresses. She will win someday, trust me, but not now.)

  • jhairo cordova

    My predictions:

    1) Julianne Moore - Still Alice
    2) Reese Witherspoon - Wild
    3) Felicity Jhones - The theory of everything
    4) Rosamund Pike - Gone girl
    5) Meryl Streep - Into the woods

  • jhairo cordova

    I think brie Larson deserved a nomination last year for short term 12 , she was better than Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Amy Adams.

  • Ziad Salem

    hello

    can any 1 tell me about Emma Thomson new movie could she goien the race to the Oscar?

  • jhairo cordova

    My predictions:
    1) Julianne Moore - Still Alice
    2) Felicity Jones - The theory of everything
    3) Reese Witherspoon - Wild
    4) Meryl Streep - Into the woods
    5) Amy Adams - Big eyes

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ed.Co/ Edwin Coopen

    Nobody deserves a best actress Oscar more than Julianne Moore. She should definitely win for 'Still Alice'.....I will be rooting for her.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/gemini56/ gemini56

      Julianne Moore is an amazing actress. It may come down to two brodesmaids this year - Julianne vs Amy Adams

  • jhairo cordova

    My predictions:
    1) Julianne Moore - Still Alice
    2) Felicity Jones - The theory of everything
    3) Meryl Streep - Into The Woods
    4) Reese Witherspoon - Wild
    5) Marion Cotillard - Two days, One night

  • jhairo cordova

    My predictions:
    1) Julianne Moore - Still Alice
    2) Felicity Jones - The Theory of everything
    3) Reese Witherspoon - Wild
    4) Emily Blunt - Into The Woods
    5) Hilary Swank - The Homesman