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Five Actresses With More Than One Shot At Oscar This Year

Five Actresses With More Than One Shot At Oscar This Year

News broke today that Focus World will in fact be qualifying David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars” for Oscar consideration, which mainly means one thing: There’s more Julianne Moore to go around this awards season, with the actress now in contention for both “Still Alice” and “Maps.” And she’s not alone in that potential double dipping. 2014 is shaping up to find five actresses with more than one Oscar campaign, though some clearly have better chances than others (and some will be campaigning against themselves in the same category — which might not be such a good thing). A rundown, in order of likelihood of receiving a nod (or in some cases, two):

1. Julianne Moore
Contending performances: Aging, fading actress Havana Segrand in “Maps to the Stars” and Dr. Alice Howland, a woman suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s, in “Still Alice” (and technically, she’s also eligible for “Non-Stop” and “The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1” — though we’re not going to kid ourselves).
Chances at a nomination (or two): There’s almost no doubt Ms. Moore will get at least one nomination this year, with her work in “Still Alice” currently our pick to end up winning Moore the best actress prize. But if Focus World campaigns her work in “Maps” in supporting (which is within reason), Moore actually stands a reasonable shot at a double nod. The supporting actress field is currently a bit slight, and Moore has the added prestige of having won Cannes’ best actress prize for Cronenberg’s latest. Two fun facts with respect to the potential here: Moore would become the first actor or actress to get a double nomination twice (she did back in 2003 for “Far From Heaven” and “The Hours”), and if she were to end up winning for “Still Alice,” it would mean that Alec Baldwin played the onscreen husband of the best actress winner two years running.

2. Jessica Chastain
Contending performances: The titular character in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” which just opened in theaters to somewhat middling box office (which doesn’t help her case there), and two performances in films we haven’t seen yet: Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and JC Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year.” And if it ends up with distribution, it’s feasible Liv Ullman’s “Miss Julie” could add a fourth to prolific Ms. Chastain’s 2014 Oscar plate (but we doubt it).
at a nomination (or two): Sight unseen, not bad at all. Though her work in “Eleanor Rigby” is a dark horse at this point, “A Most Violent Year” and “Interstellar” are two of the most promising films left to come out this year, and Chastain seems to have juicy roles in both. If one or the other works out (we’re still not sure what categories she’ll campaign in for either), it could meet a third nomination in just four years for Chastain, after “The Help” in 2012 and “Zero Dark Thirty” in 2013. Suggesting two nods this year is a bit of a stretch, but it’s at least within reason for now.

3. Reese Witherspoon
Contending performances: Nearly a decade after winning an Oscar on her first nomination for “Walk The Line” (and having a bit of a rough career patch as of late), Ms. Witherspoon is aiming for a major comeback this year with lead roles in Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Wild” and Philippe Falardeau’s “The Good Lie,” and a supporting one in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice.”
at a nomination (or two): Witherspoon is basically a lock to get nominated for “Wild.” Even the more mixed reviews for the film offered raves for Witherspoon’s portrayal of a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles to help herself recover from self-destruction. Interesting, the film is one of two films she has coming out this fall directed by French-Canadians, the other being Falardeau’s “The Good Lie,” which had decent reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival but seems like a bit of a non-starter for awards season. However, we haven’t seen “Inherent Vice” yet (though that will change at the New York Film Festival this weekend), and perhaps it will give her another genuine chance in the supporting actress category.

4. Laura Dern
Contending performances: Whether she gets a nomination or not, Laura Dern is aiming to win cinematic mother of the year in 2014 for heartbreaking performances in “Wild” (where she oddly enough plays Reese Witherspoon’s mom) and “The Fault In Our Stars” (where she goes maternal on another best actress contender, Shailene Woodley).
at a nomination (or two): There’s basically no way either of these performances are campaigning in lead, so Dern’s hopes are one or the other (an FYI: you can’t get more than one nomination in a single acting category). “Wild” seems to have the momentum, though her work in “Fault In Our Stars” is more significant. We just hope it happens one way or another because gosh dern it we love Laura.

5. Marion Cotillard
Contending performances: After winning for “La Vie En Rose” back in 2008 on her first try, Marion Cotillard has seemingly come very close to a second nomination for both “Nine” and “Rust and Bone” but then didn’t end up making the cut. Could that change this year with the pretty staggering double whammy of “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night”?
at a nomination (or two): Somewhat slim. Though both performances have received genuine raves, neither seem to have the momentum to make the cut, at this point at least.  “Two Days, One Night” was just submitted as Belgium’s foreign language film entry though, and will get a qualifying run in December. If the actress race remains as weak as it is right now, she could sneak in. But a double nomination is out of the question: She’ll be in contention for lead for both roles.

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