If we’ve learned anything from the great philosopher Goldmember, it’s that gold is treasured by skin-eating Dutchmen that have lost their genitals in a smelting mishap. It turns out that regular people (like you and me!) also enjoy gold. In particular, we all have a habit of making a big sparkly deal out of Oscar gold. That’s a quality brand of gold, right there.
On Sunday, the 88th Academy Awards will go down in scenic Hollywood and assorted persons of varying attractiveness will be in the running for these prestigious prizes plus the occasional Chris Rock monologue burn. As you may have noticed, we here at Uproxx have been giving some categories a closer look. We’ve placed a spotlight on such categories as Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Animated Feature, and Best Visual Effects, and now we’ve hit the point in our journey where Best Actress goes under the magnifying scope.
Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Days), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) are all up for this particular Academy Award, with Blanchett and Lawrence already tasting this flavor of award show glory in previous ceremonies. On the flip side, these are the first Best Actress nominations for Larson, Rampling and Ronan.
Bookies are pretty bullish on Brie Larson walking away with the Oscar this weekend. The Room actress is considered a -5000 favorite to snag the Academy Award with Ronan (+900), Blanchett (+2000), Lawrence (+3300) and Rampling (+4000) all sharing the role of underdogs. Gold Derby is also painting a favorable picture for Larson. All 27 Gold Derby experts believe the 26-year-old United States Of Tara alum will be Oscar certified before the broadcast is through.
For a refresher on this year’s Best Actress nominees, be sure to direct your attention to the video nestled at the top of this post. For more Oscar talk, why not check out the Academy Awards forecast put forth by our Jen Cheney. Still itching for more? Give the Vince Mancini, Keith Phipps and Mike Ryan’s Trophy Talk roundtable a gander.