With cameos in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and “Mary Poppins Returns”), Meryl Streep may sit out this year’s Oscar race. Other Oscar favorites are back in juicy supporting roles, including Amy Adams as political wife Lynne Cheney (“Vice”), Nicole Kidman as the mother of a troubled son in “Boy Erased,” Lupita Nyong’o as a fierce warrior (“Black Panther”) and dueling courtiers Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in period dramedy “The Favourite.”
Regina King pops out of the ensemble in Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk” and could walk away with an Oscar on top of her recent Emmy. Another Emmy-winner, “Crown” star Claire Foy, holds her own with Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong’s wife Janet in “First Man,” providing the film its beating heart.
New Zealand newcomer Thomasin McKenzie breaks out opposite Ben Foster as her father in Debra Granik’s well-reviewed summer release “Leave No Trace” (Bleecker Street).
Remember, no film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it. Lists are alphabetical.
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)
Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”)
Nicole Kidman (“Boy Erased”)
Margot Robbie (“Mary, Queen of Scots”)
Elizabeth Debicki (“Widows”)
Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”)
Lupita Nyong’o (“Black Panther”)
Natalie Portman (“Vox Lux”)
Sissy Spacek (“The Old Man & The Gun”)
Michelle Yeoh (“Crazy Rich Asians”)