Best Actress 2014: Maggie Smith for My Old Lady

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A photo of Maggie Smith in My Old Lady (via Collider).

Oscar History: Two wins from six nominations
Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Othello (1965)
Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Travels with My Aunt (1973)
Won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for California Suite (1978)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for A Room with a View (1986)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Gosford Park (2001)

Oscar Present?
Role: Mathilde Gerard, an elderly woman who lives in the Parisian apartment inherited by Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline)

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere

Why? Television’s Downton Abbey revived Smith’s status as an awards favorite; maybe it’s time for the actress to get her first Oscar nod in more than a decade. Elderly actors seem to get instant praise for playing “outspoken and sassy” – look at how Smith almost got in for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012).

Why not? Distributor Cohen Media Group isn’t exactly the best at campaigning. Reviews for My Old Lady were less than ecstatic.

Ranking: Unranked as of Sept. 12, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Kristin Scott Thomas for My Old Lady (more)

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