Best Actress 2014: Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

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Jessica Chastain as she appears in a trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

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: Eleanor Rigby, who wants to reclaim the love and life she shared with Conor Ludlow (James McAvoy)

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • Cannes Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him – from which Them was constructed – both had their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

Why? Chastain’s quickly become one of her generation’s most respected actresses. Her performance in Them has stellar reviews, and earlier this year, Harvey Weinstein announced that The Weinstein Company would push the film’s leading performances for awards consideration. Ubiquity – she also stars in Interstellar for Christopher Nolan, Miss Julie for Liv Ullmann, and A Most Violent Year for J.C. Chandor – helped her in 2011; can it help her this year?

Why not? Critics are less than thrilled with Them, which is, again, the studio-constructed fusion of the aforementioned Her and Him; the existence of Eleanor Rigby as three films might confuse and turn off voters – not to mention audiences. Besides, Weinstein might have bigger fish to fry this time around: Amy Adams remains a sight-unseen contender – and potential front-runner – for Big Eyes; Melissa McCarthy might emerge as a contender for dramedy St. Vincent if the film as a whole gains traction; and TWC might push Mia Wasikowska for Tracks.

Ranking: No. 7 as of Sept. 12, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Actress 2014: Jessica Chastain for Miss Julie (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jessica Chastain for Interstellar (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year (more)
Best Director 2014: Ned Benson for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (more)
Best Original Screenplay 2014: Ned Benson for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (more)

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