Best Actress 2016: Emma Stone for La La Land

emmastone_lalaland-setA photo of Emma Stone on the set of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land

The Facts

Oscar History
Emma Stone has one nomination

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)

This Year
Stone has

  • Venice Film Festival (2016) – Best Actress

Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Mia, an aspiring actress who falls in love with jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) in modern-day Los Angeles


  • Telluride Film Festival (2016)
  • Toronto International Film Festival (2016)
  • Venice Film Festival (2016)

U.S. Distributor: Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment
U.S. Release Date: Dec. 2, 2016 (limited); Dec. 16, 2016 (wide)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? Damien Chazelle made good on his Whiplash (2014) promise with the original musical La La Land, and Stone apparently works wonders in the film. She should easily win the Golden Globe, and other awards – including the Oscar – should follow.

Why not? How will Stone’s turn here compare to performances with more gravitas (Viola Davis in Fences)? Will more seasoned actors (Davis (again), Annette Bening for 20th Century Women) seem like better choices to Oscar voters?

Ranking: No. 1 as of Oct. 19, 2016

More on the competition:
More on the competition

See also (coming soon):

  • Best Picture 2016: La La Land
  • Best Director 2016: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
  • Best Actor 2016: Ryan Gosling for La La Land
  • Best Supporting Actress 2016: Rosemarie DeWitt for La La Land
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: John Legend for La La Land
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: J.K. Simmons for La La Land
  • Best Original Screenplay 2016: Damien Chazelle for La La Land