By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 20, 2014 at 1:44PM
Compared to the remarkably stacked best actor race, the best actress race is looking mighty weak at this point in the game with not too many contenders to come. Which suggests we may already have a good idea as to what this race is going to look like.
We have three sure things: Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") and Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"). Felicity Jones is probably in there to if they decide to campaign her in lead for "The Theory of Everything" (which they should). Beyond that though, it's slim pickings. Shailene Woodley ("The Fault In Our Stars") and Marion Cotillard ("Two Days, One Night") could end up moving into sure fire contender status, for example, but the likes of Amy Adams ("Big Eyes") and Jessica Chastain ("A Most Violent Year") -- the two biggest threats we haven't seen (both from actresses with multiple nods and no wins -- just like frontrunner Julianne Moore) -- would both have to disappoint first. We shall see... But let's leave things off with a fun fact: If Moore wins (which at this point seems quite possible), it would mean that for two years running, Alec Baldwin has played the husband of the Oscar winning best actress.
Check out predictions in other categories here.
The Best Bets From What We've Seen:
1. Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
2. Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"
3. Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
4. Felicity Jones, "Theory of Everything" (unless she goes supporting)
The Remaining Threats:
5. Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
6. Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"
7. Emily Blunt, "Into The Woods"
Dark Horses From What We've Seen (But They Could Move Up):
8. Shailene Woodley, "The Fault In Our Stars"
9. Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
10. Hilary Swank, "The Homesman"
11. Kristen Wiig, "The Skeleton Twins"
12. Jessica Chastain, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby"
13. Marion Cotillard, "The Immigrant"
14. Maggie Smith, "My Old Lady"
15. Rosario Dawson, "Top Five"