Best Actress 2016: Sally Field for Hello, My Name is Doris

sallyfield-dorisA photo of Sally Field in Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris (via The Chicago Sun Times)

The Facts

Oscar History
Field has two wins from three nominations.

  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Norma Rae (1979)
  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Places in the Heart (1984)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Lincoln (2012)

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

About the Film

Role: Doris, a woman pursuing a younger man (Max Greenfield) who works in her office

Festivals: N/A

  • South by Southwest – World Premiere (Mar. 14, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Roadside Attractions
U.S. Release Date: Mar. 11, 2016 (limited); Apr. 1, 2016 (wide)
U.S. Box Office: $10,922,707 (estimate as of Apr. 17, 2016)

Why? Sally Field nails the title role here, delivering comedy in spades and packing more of a dramatic punch than one might expect. A Golden Globe nomination seems likely; I imagine she wins if Emma Stone and La La Land falter. Now that I think about it, Field could have probably won there and landed an Oscar bid (in lieu of Jennifer Lawrence) for this last year

Why not? But last year was a hot mess, and this year already looks to be far more competitive. Will Roadside Attractions put in the campaign necessary for voters to remember Field’s sublime work at year’s end?

Ranking: No. 8 as of Apr. 16, 2016

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay 2016: Laura Terruso and Michael Showalter for Hello, My Name is Doris