Best Actress 2015: Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van

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The Facts

Oscar History
Smith has two wins from six nominations

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Othello (1965)
  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Travels with My Aunt (1973)
  • Won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for California Suite (1978)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for A Room with a View (1986)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Gosford Park (2001)

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

About the Film

Role: Miss Shepherd, who lived in a man’s driveway for 15 years

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival – World Premiere (Sept. 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
U.S. Release Date: Dec. 11, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? Television’s Downton Abbey revived Smith’s status as an awards favorite; maybe it’s time for the actress to get her first Oscar nod in more than a decade. Will Sony Pictures Classics give her a big push?

Why not? Van may be too slight – or maybe SPC will throw their weight behind Cate Blanchett (Truth) and/or Lily Tomlin (Grandma), instead.

Ranking: No. 25 as of Aug. 26, 2015

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