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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

89th Oscars: Best Actress

The nominees are:

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Role: Michele Leblanc, a woman who is raped and, due to a negative experience with police in her childhood, opts not to report the crime and instead takes matters into her own hands, becoming fascinated with her assailant in the process.

Oscar History: first nomination

Ruth Negga, Loving

Role: Mildred Loving, one half of an interracial couple whose legal battle for the right to be married resulted in the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia.

Oscar History: first nomination

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Role: Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of President John F. Kennedy, who makes it her mission in the days after his assassination to secure his legacy in the imaginations of the American people.

Oscar History: 1 win for Best Actress for Black Swan (2010); 1 previous nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Closer (2004)

Emma Stone, La La Land

Role: Mia, an aspiring actress who falls in love with a jazz musician and whose optimism is hard to maintain in the face of constant rejection in her career.

Oscar History: 1 previous nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Birdman (2014)

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Role: Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy woman who fancies herself a talented singer and has enough money to get people to humor her, and for whom the joy of performing is life itself.

Oscar History: 3 wins for Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and for Best Actress for Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011); 17 previous nominations for Best Supporting Actress for The Deer Hunter (1978), Adaptation. (2002), and Into the Woods (2014), and for Best Actress for The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa (1985), Ironweed (1987), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia (2009), and August: Osage County (2013)

What I've Seen: Jackie, La La Land, Florence Foster Jenkins

My Pick: Natalie Portman, Jackie

Not Nominated, But Should Have Been: Amy Adams, Arrival; Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Predicted Winner: Emma Stone, La La Land

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