Best Actress 2014: Emily Blunt for Into the Woods

INTO THE WOODS
A photo of Emily Blunt in Into the Woods (via Collider)

Oscar Present?
Role: The Baker’s Wife, who with her husband, the Baker (James Corden), battles the infertility curse of the Witch (Meryl Streep)

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A
Festivals: N/A

Why? Blunt almost made the cut with The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and The Young Victoria (2009); this musical spectacle and Oscar hopeful might get her that first nomination. A Golden Globe nod, if nothing else, is practically assured – even if this is a turkey – and Disney’s planning a massive push for this one. The decision to campaign Blunt as the female lead might suggest confidence in the performance. (For what it’s worth, she sounds great in the material we’ve heard thus far…)

Why not? Or maybe it’s all about getting Meryl Streep the nomination (win?) in supporting. Into the Woods is an ensemble piece, so there’s plenty of room for other actors – including but not limited to Streep – to steal the show and score best-in-show notices.

Ranking: No. 5 as of Nov. 17, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actress in a Leading Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: Into the Woods (more)
Best Director 2014: Rob Marshall for Into the Woods (more)
Best Actor 2014: James Corden for Into the Woods (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Anna Kendrick for Into the Woods (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Meryl Streep for Into the Woods (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Johnny Depp for Into the Woods (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Chris Pine for Into the Woods (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: James Lapine for Into the Woods (more)

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