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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 28, 2014 at 3:52PM

Here's our take on the best actress category.
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'The Fault in Our Stars'
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.

Here's our early predictions for the best actress race, which after a year that saw four previous winners (and Amy Adams) compete for the prize could see a whole bunch of nominees that have come varying degrees of close, but never won (including Amy Adams). Adams, Berenice Bejo, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain (with THREE potential nominations) and Julianne Moore could all be in contention this year, as could a few woman who have never been nominated: Shailene Woodley, Rosamund Pike, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones and Scarlett Johannson. 

Check out predictions in other categories here.

Probably The Best Bet From What We've Seen:
Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

From Cannes To Oscar? It'll Be Tough:
Julianne Moore, Map to the Stars
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Jessica Chastain, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper):
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Longer Shots? (But We Really Know Nothing):
Jessica Chastain, Miss Julie
Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey
Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything

Naomi Watts, While We're Young

Will Their Films Get Released?
Nicole Kidman, Queen of the Desert
Michelle Williams, Suite Francaise
Carey Mulligan, Suffragette

Dark Horses From What We've Seen:
Mia Wasikowska, Tracks
Keira Knightley, Begin Again
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle
Angelina Jolie, Maleficent

Anne Dorval, Mommy
Hilary Swank, The Homesman