It’s A Great Year For Best Actress


The Emmy nominations came out today, but my mind is stuck on the Oscars and how there will be no shortage of leading-actress contenders to pick from in 2011.

Not only is Meryl Streep donning prosthetics and an accent again, this time as moxie-ish Margaret Thatcher, but we have the following other biggies coming in prestige cinema events:

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Michelle winning would be ironic, since Marilyn was never even nominated.

Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster in Carnage

Based on the Broadway hit God of Carnage — though Jodie loses major points for enabling Mel Gibson.

Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, a drama set in 19th-century Ireland

Well, Glenn has never won an Oscar, despite five nominations. Give her one or she’ll boil your rabbit.

Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground

Terrific work. And she directed it, too!

Keira Knightley in A Dangerous Method, a Freudian drama courtesy of David Cronenberg

Keira’s first nomination — for Pride and Prejudice — was also her last nomination. Hand her another one already — especially if she’s any good in this.

Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

A star vehicle if ever there was one. The girl could get the golden phallic symbol.

Charlize Theron for Young Adult, a Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody film in which she’s a writer searching for fulfillment. Been there.

Anne Hathaway for One Day, which is sort of a twist on Same Time Next Year

Will Oscar punish her for her co-hosting gig? Maybe they’ll forgive for a change.

Anna Paquin in Margaret, in which she witnesses a bus accident and becomes pensive

She won for supporting; this could be her first bid for lead.

Rachel Weisz for The Whistleblower


Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin

Double ditto.

Heck, I’ll go with Michelle at this point — though I haven’t seen the film yet so I can’t really say I’m 100 percent sure.