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2019 Oscars: Best Actress Predictions

We size up this year's Oscar contenders. Updated 2/21/2019.

Glenn Close and Lady Gaga24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Press Room, Barker Hanger, Los Angeles, USA - 13 Jan 2019

Glenn Close and Lady Gaga

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Long overdue for a win, Glenn Close’s strong performance in fall hit “The Wife” (Sony Pictures Classics) landed her a seventh Oscar nod. The Globe, Critics Choice and SAG-winner has the edge against British star Olivia Colman as crazy Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ 18th-century court drama “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight). They’re duking it out for the win, as Colman added a BAFTA to her Golden Globe win, for drama and comedy, respectively.

Dolly Wells as "Anna" and Melissa McCarthy as "Lee Israel" in the film CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Photo by Mary Cybulski. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Photo by Mary Cybulski

Lady Gaga shared her Critics Choice win with Close, following such singer-actresses as Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand in “A Star is Born” (Warner Bros.). And Melissa McCarthy incarnates a real-life novelist/con-artist in dramedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Fox Searchlight). All scored SAG Award nominations, but Close won.

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Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical upstairs-downstairs drama “Roma” stars warmly empathetic pre-school teacher Yalitza Aparicio as the hard-working nanny to a sprawling middle-class family in Mexico City; even without a SAG nod, she could follow the likes of Harold Russell (“The Best Years of Our Lives”) and Haing S. Ngor (“The Killing Fields”) as a first-time performer who wins the Oscar.

Contenders are listed in order of likelihood to win:

Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”)


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