Last month I put together the list of top 10 Golden Globe best musical/comedy actress predictions, largely because with the race as open as it is this year, the golden globes, could play a big role.
Traditionally, the golden globes drama nominees most closely mirror the academy award nominees, yet this year many of the potential comedy/musical nominees for the golden globes could become the eventual Academy Nominees themselves.
Yet, many of these previously buzzed films have lost significant buzz upon release (consider Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Reservation Road, Rendition, Lions for Lambs, etc.)
In September I listed 15 potential best actress nominees.
8 of the original short list of 15 are deleted: Jodie Foster, The Brave One; Jennifer Connelly, Reservation Road; Meryl Streep, Lions for Lambs; Reese Witherspoon, Rendition; Naomi Watts, Eastern Promises; Halle Berry, Things We Lost in the Fire; Keri Russell, Waitress; Nicole Kidman, Margot at the Wedding.
But there are actually 2 names that will get added. The first one is Helena Bonhem Carter for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who's role is being campaigned as lead instead of supporting.
The second addition is an odd one, and one I can not trace it's origin, but the buzz for Amy Adams in Enchanted is certainly curious, and if this talented actress is able to race across the Academy nomination finish line for this role, that I see that as a triumph. The movie looks like a lot of fun, and of course, early word says Amy Adams does a terrific job as the fairy tale princess in the real world.
So the top 9 potential best actress Oscar nominees as of Nov. 14th are...
1. Ellen Page (Juno)
2. Keira Knightley (Atonement)
3. Julie Christie (Away from Her)
4. Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
5. Cate Blanchett (The Golden Age)
6. Amy Adams (Enchanted)
7. Laura Linney (The Savages)
8. Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd)
9. Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)
Notice, that 5 of the 9 remaining contenders would be considered by the Hollywood Foreign Press as lead actresses in a Comedy/Musical (1,4,6,7,8...assuming Cotillard falls in that category).
Am I honestly forgetting someone who has a true chance of being nominated for an academy award in the lead actress category? Did I prematurely eliminate anyone from the race in the 8 I eliminated?
Also will the buzz for Blanchett's supporting role in I'm Not There, be strong enough to remind people of her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age?
The interesting question this year is probably what actress is going to sneak into the Golden Globe drama best actress category this year that doesn't have an academy award prayer?