Oscar's Week — The Actresses


As we continue through Oscar's Week, it's time to take a look at the leading and supporting ladies vying for the awards on Sunday.

Best Actress:
* Emma Stone, "La La Land"
* Meryl Streep, "Florence Foster Jenkins"
* Natalie Portman, "Jackie"
* Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"
* Ruth Negga, "Loving"

About: This is one of the major categories that, barring a true surprise, feels locked up. Streep is a perennial nominee, but her film this year doesn't have cache. And Portman, Huppert, and Negga gave good performances, but their films haven't drawn a lot of attention, either. Meanwhile, "La La Land" is a favorite for the top prize, and the bubbly and talented Stone has been sweeping up things this awards season. Expect more of the same Sunday.

Best Supporting Actress:
* Viola Davis, "Fences"
* Octavia Spencer, "Hidden Figures"
* Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"
* Nicole Kidman, "Lion"
* Michelle Williams, "Manchester By the Sea"

About: This is one of the most diverse and loaded acting categories, with all five nominees coming from Best Picture contenders, too. But don't expect that to help sway the category too much. You could make a case for any of these five ladies and their fierce, emotional and haunting performances. But which one will get the win. I think it's Davis. It's a crime she's never won before, and her powerhouse work in "Fences" could easily have made her a lead actress contender. I think it's time she finally got recognized for the fierce performer she is, and I think she will.

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