Best Actress 2016: Helen Mirren for Eye in the Sky

helenmirren_eyeskyA photo of Helen Mirren in Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky (via AceShowbiz)

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: Colonel Katherine Powell, who’s caught in ethical and moral dilemma regarding modern warfare

Festivals: N/A

  • Toronto International Film Festival – World Premiere (Sept. 11, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Bleecker Street
U.S. Release Date: Mar. 11, 2016 (limited); Apr. 1, 2016 (wide)
U.S. Box Office: $12,019,987 (estimate as of Apr. 15, 2016)

Why? Mirren commands the screen in this well-received war drama, which has already become Bleecker Street’s most successful film at the U.S. box office. Given her recent history with the Screen Actors Guild, she should at least get a nod there – and may even pull her cast along with her; voters may feel sympathetic in light of Alan Rickman’s untimely passing. Mirren also features in David Frankel’s Collateral Beauty.

Why not? Mirren commands the film, sure, but is she – or anyone else – an actual leading character? Will Bleecker Street even bother to push Eye in the Sky?

Ranking: No. 10 as of Apr. 16, 2016

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