The nominations are in as Hollywood prepares to honour the year of 2018 in film. The Oscars are here, and we’ve looked at the Best Films and Best Actors, so now it is the time of the leading ladies to find themselves in the spotlight. 

These are the 2019 Oscar nominations for Best Actress along with the latest odds on winning. 

Yalitza Aparicio 

Given how much of a favourite Roma is, it’s surprising Yalitza Apraicio isn’t more of a contender for Best Actress. Then again, it was such an unexpected hit that part of its’ charm was the relative ‘innocence’ of the cast. 

The film is Aparicio’s debut and her performance as Cleo, one of the family’s housemaids, was genuinely impressive. She grabbed a handful of minor of nominations, but Critics’ Choice were the only major awards to pick her; the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAG all overlooked her.  

She’s unlikely to win here which is reflected in the odds of 50/1 with Coral to win Best Actress

Glenn Close 

The ‘Grand Dame’ of this year’s nominees has always previously been the bridesmaid and never the bride. Glenn Close received six nominations during the course of a marvellous career but has never won an individual gong.  

If Hollywood wrote a script… 

Close already won awards at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG, all of which combine to give her an almost unstoppable momentum toward her first Oscar.  

It will be all the more remarkable because The Wife failed to pull in any other nominations. Which is hardly surprising since Bjorn Runge’s adaptation of a Meg Wollitzer’s novel took a meagre $17m at the box office so far. The tale of a mature woman rethinking her life as she travels to Stockholm with her husband as he prepares to collect a Nobel Prize was remarkably well acted by Close which is why she finds herself 1/5-on with Skybet to win Best Actress

Lady Gaga 

The singer is up for two awards with the second as co-writer of the song, “Shallow”. 

Gaga almost enjoyed a busman’s holiday in her role as rising pop star Ally. While her public persona is loud, brash and in the public eye, Ally is the antithesis of that: a humble and aspiring musician hoping to catch a break.  

Even if it was an ‘open goal, she still had to knock the ball into the net, which she did and then some. 

Nominations from the majors – Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAG – saw her share the Critics’ Choice with Glenn Close. The same hoodoos which dog the Best Actor and Best Picture is true of the Best Actress: if you don’t bag the SAG, forget it!  

Lady Gaga is 16/1 to win Best Actress with Ladbrokes

Olivia Colman 

Winner of the BAFTA on her own turf, Olivia Colman will find success harder to come by at the Oscars. The Favourite is director Yorgo Lanthimos highly-acclaimed period drama is the talk of the town this awards season with strong lead performances from Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. 

The Norfolk-born Colman portrays Queen Anne excellently with Weisz and Stone sharp as they vie for her affections. Both Weisz and Stone were so good in their roles that they picked up nominations as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The ‘battle’ on the screen transfers to the red carpet. 

Colman, who broke through in Peep Show, won nominations for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice (won) but unsuccessfully at the SAG. It’s her maiden Nomination but the odds aren’t in her favour with Paddy Power offering 4/1 on Olivia Colman winning the Best Actress Oscar. 

Melissa McCarthy 

Better known for her comedy work, Melissa McCarthy switched to a more dramatic turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me?  

Starring as Lee Israel, McCarthy is an author who decides on a scam involving forged letters from the stars. Hollywood loved the idea when the film began the award season with Richard E. Grant proving the perfect foil for the previously brash McCarthy. 

Despite picking up award nominations, McCarthy’s chances of winning here are very slim with betfair quoting 66/1 on Melissa McCarthy winning best actress. 

Published by Marcus Holland

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