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We have less than a month to go before the Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 16. That means it’s time to start seriously looking at the field, especially now that many of the movies have already been released. The wide releases of American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks have given audiences around the country the chance to see some awards-worthy performances. The Wolf of Wall Street opens on Christmas and August: Osage County, which opens wide this week as well, is sure to get some love in the acting categories. So, that’s where we’ll start.
The first category to size up is probably one of the easiest, but that’s not to say that it’s a weak field. The Best Actress Oscar has been won by a wide variety of performances lately and this year’s field will likely be filled with previous winners.
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
This was an early release, but I don’t think the Academy will forget Blanchett’s stirring performance as Jasmine Francis, a woman thrown out of her high-class New York comfort zone and put in working class San Francisco. It’s emotionally powerful and really proves why she’s one of the best. She previously won for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s
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