Oscars 2014: Guide to the Best Actress nominees
MANILA, Philippines – Just a few more days to the Academy Awards! Before the big day, let's take a look at the acting categories and see who's up for the biggest prizes of the evening.
The competition in the Best Actress category is tough, as it appears to populated by veteran actresses: Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett have several nods under their belts already, and have won statues in the past, and this year marks Meryl Streep's astounding 18th nomination. Amy Adams is the only actress with no Oscar, though she's been nominated 5 times. Sandra Bullock has only had two nominations, but she won Best Actress on her first try.
Let's get right into it:
Amy Adams, American Hustle
- Previous Oscar wins: 0
- Oscar nominations: 5 (Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, all for Best Supporting Actress, and American Hustle for Best Actress)
- Best known for roles in: Enchanted, Muppets, Man of Steel, Doubt, Junebug
- The role she's nominated for: In American Hustle, Amy plays Sydney Prosser, a cunning and seductive con woman, working in partnership with the equally sly Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale). Together with the FBI, they enter the dangerous world of the mafia.
- Previous Oscar wins: 1 (The Aviator, Best Supporting Actress)
- Oscar nominations: 6 (Best Actress for Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Blue Jasmine, Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator, Notes on a Scandal, and I'm Not There)
- Best known for roles in: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Elizabeth, The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Aviator
- The role she's nominated for: In Blue Jasmine, she plays Jasmine French, an elegant new york socialite who struggles to get back on track after several aspects of her life, including her marriage, fall apart.
- Previous Oscar wins: 1 (Best Actress for The Blind Side)
- Oscar nominations: 2 (Best Actress for The Blind Side and Gravity)
- Best known for: The Blind Side, Miss Congeniality, The Lakehouse, The Proposal
- The role she's nominated for: In Gravity, Sandra plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer sent to space with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney).
- Previous Oscar wins: 1 (Best Supporting Actress for Shakespeare In Love)
- Oscar nominations: 7 (Best Supporting Actress for Shakespeare In Love and Chocolat, Best Actress for Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, and Philomena)
- Best known for: Skyfall and other 007 films, Shakespeare in Love, Notes on a Scandal,
- The role she's nominated for: In Philomena, Dame Judi plays Philomena Lee, a woman who spends decades going after her long-lost son.
Meryl Streep: August: Osage County
- Previous Oscar wins: 3 (Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie's Choice, The Iron Lady)
- Oscar nominations: 18 (Best Actress: The French Lieutenant's Woman, Sophie's Choice, Silkwood, Out of Africa, Ironweed, A Cry in the Dark, Postcards from the Edge, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Julie & Julia, The Iron Lady, August: Osage County; Best Supporting Actress: The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs Kramer, and Adaptation)
- Best known for: The Devil Wears Prada, The Iron Lady, The Hours, Sophie's Choice, Kramer vs. Kramer
- The role she's nominated for: In August: Osage County, Meryl plays Violet Weston, a woman suffering from cancer and a narcotic addiction. – Rappler.com