Oscars Predictions: Best Actress – Michelle Pfeiffer Gears Up for NYFF Debut with ‘French Exit’

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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ACTRESS

UPDATED: Sept. 17, 2020 (Pre-Season)

The race for best actress this year looks deep with talent, and highly anticipated performances. TIFF delivered the goods for Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) and Kate Winslet (“Ammonite”), landing them on the Oscar radar while NYFF gets ready to gear up with Michelle Pfeiffer’s upcoming turn in “French Exit.” An eclectic and diverse mix of women can be seen coming down the pike and it should make for an exciting season.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Michelle Pfeiffer
    "French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  2. Frances McDormand
    "Nomadland" (Netflix)

  3. Vanessa Kirby
    "Pieces of a Woman" (Netflix)

  4. Viola Davis
    "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)

  5. Rachel Zegler
    "West Side Story" (20th Century Studios)

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NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. Jennifer Hudson
    "Respect" (United Artists Releasing)

  2. Kate Winslet
    "Ammonite" (Neon)

  3. Amy Adams
    "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)

  4. Carey Mulligan
    "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features)

  5. Andra Day
    "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)
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TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. Rashida Jones
    "On the Rocks" (A24/Apple TV Plus)

  2. Rachel Brosnahan
    "I'm Your Woman" (Amazon Studios)

  3. Sophia Loren
    "The Life Ahead" (Netflix)

  4. Julia Garner
    "The Assistant" (Bleecker Street)

  5. Julianne Moore
    "The Glorias" (Roadside Attractions)

  6. Jessie Buckley
    "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Netflix)

  7. Elisabeth Moss††
    "Shirley" (Neon)

  8. Elisabeth Moss
    "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures)

  9. Sidney Flanigan
    "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" (Focus Features)

  10. Kristen Stewart
    "Happiest Season" (Sony Pictures)

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ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. Yiefi Liu
    "Mulan" (Disney Plus)

  2. Lesley Manville
    "Ordinary Love" (Bleecker Street)

  3. Sienna Miller
    "Wander Darkly" (Lionsgate)

  4. Clare Dunne
    "Herself" (Amazon Studios)

  5. Cristin Milotti
    "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon)

  6. Anya Taylor-Jones
    "Emma." (Focus Features)

  7. Evan Rachel Wood
    "Kajillionaire" (Focus Features)

  8. Lily James
    "Rebecca" (Netflix)

  9. Annette Bening
    "Hope Gap" (Roadside Attractions)

  10. Rosamund Pike
    "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios)

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MORE AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. Nicole Beharie
    "Miss Juneteenth" (Vertical Entertainment)

  2. Gal Gadot
    "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros.)

  3. Eliza Scanlen
    "Babyteeth" (IFC Films)

  4. Beanie Feldste