Best Actress 2014: Jessica Chastain for Miss Julie

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A photo of Jessica Chastain in Miss Julie (via Collider).

Oscar History: Two nominations
Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Help (2011)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Oscar Present?
Role: Miss Julie, an aristocratic woman in a power struggle with John (Colin Farrell), her father’s valet, at a country estate in Ireland in the 1880s

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere

Why? Chastain’s built an impressive, diverse résumé over the last several years, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of the August Strindberg play might be her ticket to the Oscars this year; she also has The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them and A Most Violent Year to boast.

Why not? Adaptations of this play don’t really score well with Oscar. The trailer reminds some – including me – of the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, which won’t help with prestige if others feel the same way – especially if the film is similar in tone. Chastain’s best bet right now is Eleanor Rigby.

Ranking: Unranked as of Aug. 15, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Actress 2014: Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year (more)

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