Best Actress 2015: Angelina Jolie Pitt for By the Sea

angelinajolie_bytheseaAngelina Jolie Pitt as she appears in the first trailer for her upcoming feature By the Sea

The Facts

Oscar History
Jolie Pitt has one win from two nominations and one Governors Award.

  • Won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted (1999)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Changeling (2008)
  • Won: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award – Special/Honorary (2013)

This Year
Jolie Pitt has
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Vanessa, a former dancer who drifts apart from her husband, an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt), as they travel through France in the mid-1970s


  • AFI Fest – Opening Film (Nov. 5, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Universal Pictures
U.S. Release Date: Nov. 13, 2015
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? A small-scale romantic drama with Pitt sounds like an Oscar player on paper – will Jolie and Pitt become this generation’s Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward? In what looks like a banner year for woman-centric films, Jolie Pitt may become the first woman to direct herself to an acting nomination – she may be Universal’s priority here unless the distributor begins to push Amy Schumer and/or Crimson Peak exceeds expectations.

Why not? But either situation (if not both) may take hold. More importantly, the film industry still marginalizes films made by, about, and/or for women. The lack of love for Jolie Pitt’s Unbroken – a World War II epic, mind you – last year is hardly promising.


Ranking: No. 23 as of Sept. 7, 2015

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Picture 2015: By the Sea
  • Best Director 2015: Angelina Jolie for By the Sea
  • Best Actor 2015: Brad Pitt for By the Sea
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Mélanie Laurent for By the Sea
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Niels Arestrup for By the Sea
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Richard Bohringer for By the Sea
  • Best Original Screenplay 2015: Angelina Jolie for By the Sea

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