Best Actress 2014: Keira Knightley for Begin Again

BEGIN AGAIN
A photo of Keira Knightley in Begin Again (via Collider).

Oscar History: One nomination
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Oscar Present?
Role: Gretta, a singer who’s recording an album after a rough breakup

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2013) – World Premiere

Why? This music-driven drama allows Knightley to show off her emotional range and showcases a side of the actress we hadn’t seen before. Can she pull off double nods – with films released by the same distributor, no less?

Why not? The Oscar campaign for Begin Again seems to be all about the original composition “Lost Stars”; reviews for the film are in the dreaded “good not great” range. Expect The Weinstein Company to focus on other actresses in this race.

Ranking: No. 18 as of Sept. 12, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Actress 2014: Keira Knightley for Laggies (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game (more)
Best Original Song 2014: “Like a Fool” from Begin Again (more)
Best Original Song 2014: “Lost Stars” from Begin Again (more)
Best Original Song 2014: “A Step You Can’t Take Back” from Begin Again (more)

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