Best Actress 2014: Kristen Wiig for Welcome to Me

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A photo of Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me (via TIFF)

Oscar History: One nomination – none for acting
Nominated: Best Original Screenplay (with Annie Mumolo) for Bridesmaids (2011)

Oscar Present?
Role: Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who uses her lottery wins to make a cable access talk show

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals: N/A

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere

Why? The unexpected awards love for Bridesmaids (2011) suggests that Wiig has some supporters in the industry. She’s already received raves for her performance here -remember, Oscar loves mental-illness roles. Wiig will also have Sundance hit The Skeleton Twins hitting theaters this month; she might win year-end prizes for her body of work.

Why not? Reviews for Welcome as a whole were mixed. No one’s picked up the film for U.S. distribution, which suggests that it might be a tough sell for audiences – even with big names like Wiig and Will Ferrell on board.

Ranking: No. 11 as of Sept. 12, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Actress 2014: Kristen Wiig for Nasty Baby (more)
Best Actress 2014: Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Joan Cusack for Welcome to Me (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jennifer Jason Leigh for Welcome to Me (more)
Best Original Screenplay 2014: Eliot Laurence for Welcome to Me (more)

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