Best Actress 2015: Helen Mirren for Woman in Gold

helenmirren_womaningold2A photo of Helen Mirren in Simon Curtis’ Woman in Gold (via The Daily News)

The Facts

Oscar History
Mirren has one win from four nominations.

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Madness of King George (1994)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Gosford Park (2001)
  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Queen (2006)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Last Station (2009)

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

About the Film

Role: “Maria Altmann, a Holocaust survivor from Nazi Austria” (via The Daily News)

Festivals: N/A

  • Berlin International Film Festival (2015) – World Premiere

U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
U.S. Release Date: Apr. 3, 2015
U.S. Box Office: $33,307,195

Why? For all intents and purposes, this World War II drama was the biggest independent release of the year – before Weinstein’s own Southpaw debuted. Back in June, Harvey Weinstein released an Oscar-campaign ad for Helen Mirren after her “No duh!” Tony win for The Audience. No, really.

Why not? In addition to feeling more like a ploy to get butts in seats for Gold’s four-week “special encore presentation” than anything else, this “campaign” won’t stick unless Harvey stays with it, and he’s known for playing hot potato with his Oscar prospects.

Ranking: No. 36 as of Aug. 26, 2015

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Picture 2015: Woman in Gold
  • Best Director 2015: Simon Curtis for Woman in Gold
  • Best Actor 2015: Ryan Reynolds for Woman in Gold
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Katie Holmes for Woman in Gold
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Tatiana Maslany for Woman in Gold
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Daniel Brühl for Woman in Gold
  • Best Original Screenplay 2015: Alexi Kaye Campbell for Woman in Gold

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