Best Actress in a Leading Role 2017

Most recent update: Mar. 6, 2017

emmastone_battleofthesexesEmma Stone as Billie Jean King in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Battle of the Sexes (via Deadline Hollywood)

Just for fun, of course. Who knows? Kirsten Dunst tackles a role driven by paranoia, so that could be something to watch for.


My official predictions include only performances in films set for U.S. distribution in 2016. The process of guessing who will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment – here or on Twitter – that addresses any relevant information or contenders you feel should be included.


  1. Kirsten Dunst for Woodshock (more)

  2. Meryl Streep for The Post (more)

  3. Rooney Mara for Mary Magdalene (more)

  4. Helen Mirren for The Leisure Seeker (more)

  5. Jennifer Lawrence for Mother! (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Emma Stone for Battle of the Sexes (more)
  2. Kate Winslet for Wonder Wheel (more)
  3. Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (more)
  4. Isabelle Huppert for Happy End (more)
  5. Gugu Mbatha-Raw for God Particle (more)

Other Possibiities

  1. Brie Larson for The Glass Castle (more)
  2. Daniela Vega for A Fantastic Woman (more)
  3. Carey Mulligan for Mudbound (more)
  4. Emma Watson for The Circle (more)
  5. Debra Winger for The Lovers (more)
  6. Natalie Portman for Annihilation (more)
  7. Jessica Chastain for Molly’s Game (more)
  8. Nicole Kidman for The Beguiled (more)
  9. Jane Fonda for Our Souls at Night (more)
  10. Kristen Stewart for Personal Shopper (more)
  11. An Seo Hyun for Okja (more)
  12. Elizabeth Olsen for Wind River (more)
  13. Diane Lane for Paris Can Wait (more)
  14. Lake Bell for What’s the Point? (more)
  15. Lily Collins for To the Bone (more)

Long Shots

  1. Dakota Johnson for Suspiria (more)
  2. Jessica Chastain for The Zookeeper’s Wife (more)
  3. Goldie Hawn for Snatched (more)
  4. Amy Schumer for Snatched (more)
  5. Chloë Grace Moretz for Brain on Fire (more)
  6. Scarlett Johansson for Ghost in the Shell (more)
  7. Shirley MacLaine for The Last Words (more)
  8. Rosamund Pike for A United Kingdom (more)
  9. Sally Hawkins for Maudie (more)
  10. Alicia Vikander for Tulip Fever (more)
  11. Cynthia Nixon for A Quiet Passion (more)
  12. Cara Delevingne for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (more)


In Limbo

The following films fall into one or more of the following categories: They might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules, they might not be complete in time, or the films might lack stateside distribution altogether.Of course, as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

Of course, as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  • Michelle Pfeiffer for Where is Kyra? (more)
  • Glenn Close for The Wife (more)
  • Annette Bening for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (more)
  • Diane Keaton for Hampstead (more)
  • Amandla Stenberg for Where Hands Touch (more)
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Irreplaceable You (more)
  • Keira Knightley for The Aftermath (more)
  • Charlize Theron for Tully (more)
  • Carey Mulligan for Wildlife (more)
  • Dakota Fanning for Please Stand By (more)
  • Rosario Dawson for Krystal (more)
  • Melissa Leo for The Most Hated Woman in America (more)
  • Teresa Palmer for Berlin Syndrome (more)
  • Rooney Mara for Vox Lux (more)
  • Rooney Mara for Una (more)
  • Alicia Vikander for Euphoria (more)
  • Eva Green for Euphoria (more)
  • Alicia Vikander for Submergence (more)
  • Annette Bening for The Seagull (more)
  • Helena Bonham Carter for 55 Steps (more)
  • Olivia Cooke for Katie Says Goodbye (more)
  • Anya Taylor-Joy for Thoroughbred (more)
  • Olivia Cooke for Thoroughbred (more)
  • Aubrey Plaza for Ingrid Goes West (more)
  • Chloë Sevigny for Lizzie (more)
  • Whitney Cummings for The Female Brain (more)
  • Cybill Shepherd for Rose (more)
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos for Le Fidèle, or The Racer and the Jailbird (more)
  • Emma Thompson for The Children Act (more)
  • Emma Thompson for Alone in Berlin (more)
  • Elle Fanning for Mary Shelley (more)
  • Tatiana Maslany for The Other Half (more)
  • Imelda Staunton for Finding Your Feet (more)
  • Marion Cotillard for From the Land of the Moon, or Mal de pierres (more)

A photo of Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (via Collider).


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