When you’re a lock, you’re a lock. Julianne Moore (Still Alice) now has a perfect score of 50 with the Gold Rush Gang, meaning all 10 of us have her at the #1 spot. And rightfully so, the stars have aligned in a way that they rarely do with the Oscars. Combining timing, overdue factor and exceptionally strong reviews Sony Pictures Classics is going to have two Best Actress winners in a row. And with Kristen Stewart getting ‘best of career’ notices herself, Moore could easily pull her into Supporting Actress, but more on that tomorrow.
Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) flip-flop for 2nd place again, this time with Witherspoon coming out on top as Pike’s supernova status falls back down to Earth, just as the film and its director (David Fincher) have also done this month.
The one to watch out for is Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything). She moves up 7 points, ahead of Amy Adams to land in 4th. Poor Amy Adams (Big Eyes). It wasn’t but a few months ago that she held Moore’s status as the overdue actress but since then disastrous screenings, word of Harvey Scissorhands cutting the film to shreds and poor marketing are dooming her chances at even a nomination now. When you consider that Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) and Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year) are both up in the air in terms of category placement, either or both landing here could end Adams’ shot before it even starts.