The Best Actor Oscar race is often bursting with possibilities, especially this year with buzz for possible first time nominees like Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Steve Carell.
But as roles and representation of women in Hollywood continues to be a topic of discussion, it should be noted that the race for Best Actress has plenty of potential winners.
December marks the last month in which films must be released to qualify for the 2015 Academy Awards, and with it comes the performances of women who will likely go one to receive nominations for Best Actress.
The alleged front runner is Julianne Moore who stars in “Still Alice,” but critics also believe that Reese Witherspoon could repeat her previous win with her performance in “Wild” and Jessica Chastain has a few film options that could grab her a nomination.
But, there’s still a chance that Jennifer Aniston could rush in as a dark horse for her performance in “Cake.” Back in September, Julianne Moore talked to The Independent about the peculiar situation of being nominated multiple times for Best Actress but never securing a win.
“At the end of the day, everyone likes to be validated – blue ribbons, prizes, stars.
We all like that stuff.
But more important than that are the jobs,” explained Moore.
Since the “Still Alice” actress has won plenty of other acting awards (including an Emmy and a SAG award) perhaps it’s no skin off her back if she doesn’t win Best Actress.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be an overstatement that Julianne Moore is overdue for the golden statue.
The race for Best Actress however won’t be secured easily by Moore, because of Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain.
Deadline reports that Reese Witherspoon is a “near certainty” for a nomination.
Her film “Wild” (which trailers have begun to run in front of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”) is set for release on December 5.
Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain is garnering Oscar buzz for her work in “Interstellar” and “A Most Violent Year.” Additionally, in spite of the three separate versions, she could also perhaps be nominated for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Deadline however also mentions that Jennifer Aniston may wind up with a nomination for her “transformative work” in “Cake.” The film debuted at The Toronto International Film Festival, and while it won’t see a theatrical release until 2015, perhaps if Jennifer Aniston wins the Oscar, she could bolster a limited box office release.
Although nothing will be certain until the official nominations are announced, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, and Jennifer Aniston all represent the presence of strong female driven films in a market often dominated by their male acting counterparts.