Monday, January 23, 2012

Final Awards Tracker - Best Actress

I have already discussed the Best Actress race fairly extensively here, so suffice it to say that the Critics Awards backed Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Olsen, Tilda Swinton & Viola Davis, in that order (with Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron & Anna Paquin in the wings).

The awards groups' nominations have centered around Tilda Swinton, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis & Elizabeth Olsen, but without Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe or BAFTA nominations, Olsen is likely to stay the year's indie darling only. Glenn Close & Charlize Theron are closest in the wings, but my bet is on Rooney Mara, a latecomer in the race and the girl with the very talked-about movie (that landed surprising support from the Directors & Producers Guilds). It must be said that Glenn Close's great reputation, paired with her Golden Globe & Screen Actors Guild nominations, still makes her a front runner.

So, my final five:

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Viola Davis - The Help
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Charlize Theron - Young Adult