The 2017 Oscars is fast-approaching, and the nomination window has officially been opened for all categories. Mainstream audiences and critics have most likely listed their top contenders for the most coveted awards by now. So today, ExploreTalent is delivering our own list for top contenders for the Best Actress statuette.
Oscar 2017 Predictions for Best Actress
5. Natalie Portman, Jackie
Natalie Portman is a top pick for this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress. This comes in the heels of her critically acclaimed performance as the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis in Pablo Larraín‘s biographical drama film Jackie. Portman won her first Oscar for her role in Black Swan, and she was previously nominated for a Supporting Actress award for the movie Closer.
4. Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Annette Bening has already garnered the Gotham Award for Best Actress for her role as a single mother in 20th Century Women. The movie has gotten positive reviews so far, with many critics applauding Bening for her performance. The 58-year-old acting veteran already has a number of accolades under her name, and she just might add an Oscar for Best Actress in that roster.
3. Ruth Negga, Loving
Ruth Negga may not be a household name yet, but she’ll be the talk of the town once the historical drama Loving hits theaters worldwide. The film is basically Oscar bait itself, as it tells the real-life story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple that was the center of the 1958 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. Critics have praised both Negga and her co-star Joel Edgerton for their portrayal of the famous couple, so the pair might just be getting their Oscar nods next year.
2. Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Jessica Chastain‘s performance in the political thriller Miss Sloane has already been given praises, and the one-time Oscar nominee might just get her second nod next year.
In the film, Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, a woman who fights for tighter gun control in Washington. The versatile actress has shown a number of underrated performances throughout her career, so it may be high time for Chastain to finally get the recognition she deserves.
1. Emma Stone, La La Land
No Oscar 2017 list will ever be complete without Damien Chazelle‘s critically acclaimed musical La La Land. His leading lady Emma Stone isn’t just rumored to be nominated, the Hollywood darling also happens to be the front-runner to actually bagging the Best Actress award next year. She’s already won the title of Best Actress at the recently held Venice Film Festival, so the odds stacked on her favor are currently at an all-time high.