Posted February 20, 2014 by zoerhughes in Oscars

Oscars 2014 Best Actress

On Sunday 2nd March, an Oscar-winning Best Leading Actress will be announced. One of five strong contenders will take to the stage and give a, no-doubt heartfelt, speech, expressing their gratitude for this most prestigious accolade. But who? A mixed bag of firm favourites and blossoming starlets renders speculation tricky. Here, though, is a round-up of the ladies in the running this year.

Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Amy Adams’ portrayal of sultry seductress Sydney Prosser could not be further away from candyfloss-pink characters like Mary (The Muppets,) and Giselle (Enchanted,) which, Im ashamed to say, are the films I knew this under-the-radar actress best for. Adams achieves a real depth of character, and although it is unlikely she will win this category, her nomination is very well deserved.

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett is nominated for her raw portrayal of a woman suffering the descent into mental illness in Woody Allen’s most recent cinematic offering, Blue Jasmine.
Blanchett skillfully depicts the falling apart of a woman who seemingly had it all but now has to clamber to get her life back. Blanchett keeps us wondering if Jasmine’s demise is the fault of her own or if the world has done this to her. There is much talk of Blanchett being the favourite to win Best Actress, and with good reason.

Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Sandra Bullock is nominated for her stellar performance in Gravity. One can only imagine how physically tasking this must have been to film, and Bullock does an incredible job of showing us a very realistic panic, (as real as your average person’s idea of getting stranded in space might be?!) The sense of dread she succeeds in creating is achieved through a lack of over-acting where it would be very easy to have done so. Bullock is a very strong contender in this category, and Gravity seems to have received some very positive attention overall.

Judi Dench – Philomena
Judi Dench is nominated for her role as Philomena Lee and all of the emotional gravitas that comes with acting the true story of a woman’s long search for her son. Expectedly of an actress of her calibre, Dench doesn’t even look like herself. I saw trailers not realising it was her, until I looked closer! But, calibre and gravitas won’t guarantee Dench the Oscar. This film doesn’t seem to have the overall clout of others in the category.

Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Meryl Streep is a safe pair of hands when it comes to her realisations of strong, confident women. She will always deliver on sass. But there is a feeling that in August: Osage County, in which she is nominated, we are seeing too much of the same. That’s not to say that her performance isn’t very entertaining, though, but whether it holds up to that of for other very strong contenders is yet to be seen.

But which do you think will win?

Which actress will win Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Oscars 2014?

  • Cate Blanchett (67%, 8 Votes)
  • Sandra Bullock (17%, 2 Votes)
  • Amy Adams (8%, 1 Votes)
  • Judi Dench (8%, 1 Votes)
  • Meryl Streep (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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