Best Actress 2015: Jennifer Lawrence for Joy

jlaw_joyJennifer Lawrence as she appears in David O. Russell’s Joy (via Flavorwire)

The Facts

Oscar History
Jennifer Lawrence has one win from three nominations

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Winter’s Bone (2010)
  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for American Hustle (2013)

This Year
Jennifer Lawrence has
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Joy, who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty

Festivals: N/A
U.S. Distributor: 20th Century Fox
U.S. Release Date: Dec. 25, 2015
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? In a year with so many social issue-charged, woman-centric contenders, Joy seems to be the one least driven by an “agenda,” which may help it in the long run. Besides, Lawrence’s last two collaborations with writer-director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper landed Oscar bids for all three; she almost won a second trophy just one year after taking home the gold for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Why expect the love to end now?

Why not? Perhaps I’m in denial, but Oscar’s love for the trinity of Lawrence, Russell, and Cooper will end at some point, right? Maybe Joy emerges too late in the game to make an impact? The best-actress race is crowded, regardless.

Notes

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

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Picture 2015: Joy
  • Best Director 2015: David O. Russell for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Diane Ladd for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Virginia Madsen for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Dascha Polanco for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Elisabeth Röhm for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Isabella Rosselini for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Bradley Cooper for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Robert De Niro for Joy
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Édgar Ramírez for Joy
  • Best Original Screenplay 2015: David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo (story) for Joy
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