Best Actress 2015: Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back


The Facts

Oscar History
Silverman has yet to receive an Oscar nomination

This Year
Silverman has

Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Laney Brooks, who seeks to correct her destructive lifestyle


  • Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere (Jan 27, 2015)
  • Toronto International Film Festival – Canadian Premiere (Sept. 2015)
  • Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
U.S. Release Date: Oct. 23, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? Smile seems to be hitting the right festival stops, and the Mill Valley award may be a sign of things to come for Silverman. One could easily draw comparisons to (eventual non-nominee) Jennifer Aniston’s narrative for Cake last year – comic getting raves for going dramatic/addict despite mixed reception overall, small distributor. But consider this: A distributor actually picked up domestic rights to Smile, rather than, well…

Why not? Despite missing out with Oscar, Aniston only found some wiggle room because of *broken-record alert* a weak best-actress field. (And so no one gets the wrong idea, a weak best-actress field is not indicative of a weak year for leading female performances.) The category looks rather full this year – and where’s the incentive to recognize Silverman if voters don’t like the movie?


Ranking: No. 18 as of Aug. 25, 2015

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