Best Actress 2014: Melissa McCarthy for St. Vincent

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A photo of Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent (via Collider).

Oscar History: One nomination
Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Bridesmaids (2011)

Oscar Present?
Role: Maggie, a single mother who lives next to eccentric curmudgeon Vincent (Bill Murray)

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere

Why? McCarthy proved that her name can carry a film with the summer hit Tammy. She received positive notices for playing it straight opposite Bill Murray’s cantankerous curmudgeon in this dramedy; she beat out “all the top comic actresses” for the part. Theodore Melfi’s script has been compared to those of As Good as It Gets (1997) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and we know how the women (co-)leading those films fared. The film was a hit at Toronto

Why not? But most people seem to be focusing on Bill Murray’s chances (even though McCarthy has such an obvious narrative with which to work). McCarthy could go supporting, or maybe The Weinstein Company will simply focus on other films this awards season.

Ranking: No. 10 as of Sept. 12, 2014

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

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: St. Vincent (more)
Best Director 2014: Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent (more)
Best Actor 2014: Bill Murray for St. Vincent (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Naomi Watts for St. Vincent (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Jaden Lieberher for St. Vincent (more)
Best Original Screenplay 2014: Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent (more)

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