Oscar Statue An in-depth look at the leading ladies.

Over the next few weeks leading up to the Oscars I will break down each category for you and let you know precisely who should win and why. There is an exact science to my methods so I do not suggest you try and figure out how my mind works; just go with it.

This week I look at the always impressive category of leading actress. Over the last several years this category has always been the hardest to call. And like the past, this year all women deserve the nomination.









Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Should not win. Movie goers have a tendency to want those who acted in their favorite films to actually win an acting category. Like it brings validation to the film. That is not what the category is all about. American Hustle had an outstanding ensemble cast. But single them out and they lose the power. (As I type this Amy Adams is staring at me fiercely from the movie poster hanging on my wall)  


Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Should win. Hate him all you want but Woody Allen knows how to write roles for women. Cate nails the "neurotic socialite knocked from her high horse" perfectly. Plus she is so good you aren't turned off by Adam Baldwin being there. 


Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Should not win. Floating around in front of a green screen in boy shorts isn't hard. Well, not as hard as speaking in a southern drawl and talking football is. Apparently. She is the only actress to win an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year. If this wins and HEAT gets what it deserves she may do it again!


Judi Dench (Philomena)

Should not win. Judi Dench has amazed us in so many roles that now when she plays something simple we are underwhelmed. Pitty. Also, she let them shoot James Bond.


Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Should not win. Much for the same reason as Dame Judi Dench. Meryl will do a role that no other actress could ever come close to doing and make it look so easy. It is typical greatness from her. She needs to mess up a few roles and then we will appreciate her more. Maybe go get a Razzi or something. 

Next week we get to break down the leading men. Your homework is to practice saying Chiwetel Ejiofor so that you can impress your friends at all the Oscar parties.


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