Best Actress 2015: Blythe Danner for I’ll See You in My Dreams

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The Facts

Oscar History
Danner has yet to receive an Oscar nomination

This Year
Danner has
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Carol Peterson, a widow who faces an existential crisis following the sudden death of a loved one

Festivals:

  • Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere (Jan 27, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Bleecker Street
U.S. Release Date: May 15, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: $7,447,041 (as of Sept. 9, 2015)

Why? Danner, after winning a Tony and two Emmys, may have her first legitimate opportunity for Oscar recognition this year. Dreams’s existential-crisis theme may resonate with older voters, as it did with audiences – the film made about $7.38 million despite never playing in more than 290 locations at any given time. It’s also the first Oscar screener, which helped Frozen River (2008) and Animal Kingdom (2010) snag acting bids…

Why not? But has proven less effective in recent years – even when critical faves like Snowpiercer (2014) and Mud (2013) hit voters’ mailboxes (and/or inboxes?) before films that actually scored nominations. Besides, if this year’s best-actress race offers a “veteran spot,” Lily Tomlin seems awfully competitive for it, given her Grace and Frankie resurgence.

Notes

Ranking: No. 9 as of Sept. 7, 2015

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