Premature Predictions: The 2014 Best Actress Nominees

Looks like Meryl’s in all predictions for nominees for the next year’s Academy Awards. Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts,  Emma Thompson and more are in the list as well.

But looking ahead to the potentials for 2014, as we already have this week with Best Picture and Best Actor, the story’s quite different. On paper, anyway, it looks to be a fiercely competitive year, with a number of legendary actresses in parts that seem tailor-made for awards buzz…if our guesswork is correct. While our other long-distance predictions were fairly reasonable a year ago, Best Actress was something of a disaster, with none of our predictions ending up with nominations. But we’re certainly more confident of things this time around. To see what we’re predicting, take a look below, and you can make your own guesses in the comments section.

Meryl Streep – “August Osage County”

Meryl Streep, playing a character with cancer, in an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, produced by George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein? What do you think is going to happen? Of course, the more interesting question is whether her win in 2012 for “The Iron Lady” will have any impact on how much of a contender she’ll be, or if voters will want to award fresh blood. Could she tie Katherine Hepburn for four Oscars? Or will the Academy feel that she’s had her moment, at least for the next few years?

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Meryl Streep will court her fourth Oscar for “August: Osage County”

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Meryl Streep will court her fourth Oscar for "August: Osage County"

Fans of Tracy Letts’s dark Oklahoma comedy will likely file this one under “no-brainer,” but why not saddle up to the safe bet? The role of pill-popping, sharp-tongued Violet Weston is catnip for any actress. Indeed, when I caught the Broadway production in 2007, Estelle Parsons’s understudy killed so much I wasn’t too disappointed I missed the play’s star. Combine that with the industry’s most lauded actress and you obviously have a recipe for an Oscar run, despite the fact that she already has three to her name. That won’t stop The Weinstein Company from gunning hard, now will it? I wouldn’t even be surprised if the film ends up being an overall frontrunner in the race.