And the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are…Viola Davis (The Help), Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn). These women have haunted audiences with their performances on the silver screen, and have delivered stellar transformations into their characters. This is a tough battle to predict.
Viola Davis breaks hearts with her touching performance as Aibeleen Clark, a 1960’s housemaid, in The Help. However, six-time Oscar nominated Glenn Close makes an even bigger transformation as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs, where Close also is credited as a writer on the screenplay. She plays a woman who poses as a man in 19th century Ireland to become successful. The film also stars Mia Waskikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy, also check out my review of Nowhere Boy). Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs is quite haunting, and will likely land her first Oscar!
In addition to Viola Davis and Glenn Close, first time Oscar Nominee Rooney Mara is nominated for her performance as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The nomination is well deserved, as Mara endured filming a vicious and violent rape scene for this film, but this is not her year to win Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is also nominated (for the 17th time throughout her career) for her performance as the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady. Many film critics consider Streep the greatest living film actress, and with her experience and riveting transformation into Margaret Thatcher, this will likely be the third Oscar under her belt, if not snagged by Glenn Close.
While Meryl Streep or Glenn Close have surely already won the Oscar, Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn is something to be admired. Williams was nominated for her performance in Blue Valentine last year as well (also check out my review of Blue Valentine), where she was snubbed. Williams takes a big leap from her role as Jen on Dawson’s Creek, and makes the audience obsessed with Marilyn Monroe watching this film, which is why she deserves the Oscar, even if she does not win.
The battle is on! Who will win Best Actress in a Leading Role for the 2012 Academy Awards? Make your predictions now, and check out my film reviews! Be sure catch the Oscars on February 26th to see who won!