After reading the press yesterday, our vote for Best Actress would have to be for Lennay Kekua who stars in “The Manti Te’o Story”. Alas she is not in the running – probably because she does not exist. Instead, we are left with a woman playing slightly unstable and a woman who is a spook with the CIA. Wait…that sounds a lot like whoever this Lennay Kekua woman actually may be. The Best Actress race, like the Best Actor race, is largely down to two: Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain. Both of these young beauties are accomplished actors. Even beyond these two frontrunners, this category is rich with interesting nominees and stories, including the youngest and oldest nominees in Best Actress category in Oscar history.
Leading Ladies – Nominee Analysis:
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
It was only two years ago that Jennifer Lawrence burst onto the scene in Winter’s Bone. The role earned her critical acclaim, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She was only 20, and the second youngest nominee in the category in history. Now at 22, she is the leading contender for the Oscar. Intrade has Lawrence at 60.6%. She took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Comedy / Musical, and Best Actress in a Comedy at the Critics Choice Awards. But Lawrence isn’t a type-cast actress. She also received the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress – Action, for her role in the Hunger Games in 2012. Given her previous nomination, her strength in other awards this season, and her betting market strength, we have Lawrence at 53.5%.