The list of potential Best Actress nominees for the 79th annual academy awards held early 2007 is growing and shaping up.
This Years Most Buzzed About Best Actress Contenders:
Kate Winslet (Little Children)
Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal or The Good German)
Annette Benning (Running With Scissors)
Nicole Kidman (Fur)
Renee Zellweger (Miss Potter)
Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada)
Beyonce Knowles (Dreamgirls)
Penelope Cruz (Volver)
Ashley Judd (Bug)
Dakota Fanning (Hounddog)
Sienna Miller (Factory Girl)
Kristin Dunst (Marie Antoinette)
The Only Guarentee
There's some competition and it's hard to tell what films will bust, but...with all the buzz and her win at The Venice Film Festival, it seems clear that Helen Mirren is bound to get an academy award nomination for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in the The Queen.
Is Mirren to Old to Win the Oscar?
Yet...can she win? The recent best actress winners have all been very young...
Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Hillary Swank (Million Dollar Baby & Boys Don't Cry), Charlize Theron (Monster), Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Halle Berry (Monster's Ball), Julia Roberts (Erin Brokovich), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)...
while Helen Mirren turned 61 this year...sure, that's not too old, but if she won, she would round out the bottom five oldest woman ever to win the best actress statuette...
Jessica Tandy was 80 when she won for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Katherine Hepburn was 74 when she won for On Golden Pond (1981), and Marie Dressler was 63 when she won for Min and Bill (1930), Katherine Hepburn (like Helen Mirren) was 61 when she won for the Lion in Winter. (via)
I want to think that perhaps there just hasn't been great lead roles for older females, and that the road is paved for a Helen Mirren win, but somehow I'm afraid that Beyonce or Kate Winslet could slide in a steal Helen Mirren's opportunity for this honor.
Pictured above are Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Halle Berry when they won their best actress Oscars.
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