Oscar 2024: who are the nominated actresses and who wins

NoIt’s no secret to say that the selection of the 2024 Oscars took into consideration actually deserving films, paying attention to strong female roles. The result is that of interpretations of great depth, far from any gender stereotype. Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, Lily Gladstone, Sandra Hüller, Emily Blunt and Emma Stone – this year’s Best Leading Actresses – took the opportunity of scripting and directing attentive to the female universe, achieving performances of the highest level.

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Now it’s a question of understanding who, among these good professionals, will enter the business famous Oscar-winning family that includes people like Meryl Streep and Liza Minnelli. The competition, according to the bookmakers and the prizes collected so far by the two actresses, is narrowed down to Emma Stone and Lily Gladstone. With Lily trailing her colleague by many points: her triumph is given at 1.50.

Oscar 2024, the Best actress candidates: who wins

Annette Bening for Nyad

If you loved American Beauty by Sam Mendes, you can’t help but appreciate the class and skill of Annette Bening. In the role of Carolyn Burnham, Kevin Spacey’s uncompromising and unhappy wife, he had come close to winning way back in 2000. Versatile and brilliant on stage and discreet in her private life, despite her long relationship with a star like Warren Beatty, with Nyad she reached her fifth nomination.

The biopic directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin tells the true feat of the legendary American swimmer Diana Nyad. In 2013, at age 64, becomes the first woman to swim approximately 177 kilometers across the shores of Cuba and Florida. The criticism was unanimous: the film, directorically weak, stands entirely on its own splendid interpretation by Bening, feisty and strong-willed.

The chances of winning according to bookmakers are not high but, alongside her, Oscar veteran Jodie Foster also stars, also nominated for supporting role. Will it be a good luck charm?

Annette Bening in “Nyad”. (Netflix)

Lily Gladstone for Killers of the Flower Moon

A legendary director, a stellar cast, three twenty hours in length and a stratospheric budget. Facing the challenge Killers of the flower moon, any professional would have had many difficulties. Lily Gladstone, born in ’86, was not at all intimidated: as the unfortunate wife of Leonardo DiCaprio, victim of the greed of the colonists, she conquered a Golden Globe and a SAG Award (the award that predicts an Oscar 9 times out of 10), and is now the favorite to win.

The Native American actress – the first Oscar nominee – she made herself known in 2016 in the film Certain Womendirected by Kelly Reichardt, in the role of a ranch hand who experiences an ambiguous bond with her employer.

Her colleague DiCaprio defined her as his muse, Martin Scorsese has only words of esteem and admiration for herthe. An excellent entry ticket to the coveted prize.

Lily Gladstone with Martin Scorsese on the set of “’Killers of the Flower Moon”. (Apple TV+)

Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a fall

The German actress is not only in the running with Anatomy of a fallthe acclaimed thriller that Hitchcock would have loved it, but it is twice linked to the magical night of the Oscars thanks to the nomination of the film The area of ​​interest by Jonathan Glazerwhere he is also the protagonist.

Defined by critics as “the master of ambiguity”, in the film directed by Justine Triet she is a writer suspected of having killed her husband. The director says of her: «When she plays a character, it seems that she takes ownership of it, that she brings it closer to her». How can you blame her? This extraordinary performer is able to transform herself into any profile of a woman, in any character nuance, between cruelty and empathy.

Sandra Hüller at the 2024 Golden Globes. (Getty Images)

Carey Mulligan for Master

The film Master gained attention not only for its exquisite workmanship and the story of a musical genius but, above all, for Bradley Cooper’s declared obsession with a possible victory for his film. Faced with this frantic wait, Carey Mulligan’s role is anything but secondary risks remaining in the shadows. It would be a shame because as Felicia, Leonard Bernstein’s wife, the British actress shines quite a bit.

A talented professional, he made his debut as English tradition dictates in a period drama, Pride and Prejudice. Another period film, The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann gives her greater fame. The figure of wife and mother in Master it seems more conventional than the characters of her nominated colleagues but Carey Mulligan manages to make it more radical and intense by working on subtraction.

Carey Mulligan in “Maestro”. (Netflix)

Emma Stone for Poor creatures!

Five nominations and already an Oscar under his belt for La La Land. Emma Stone seems unstoppable and is, together with Lily Gladstone, the probable winner among the Best Leading Actress categories. You have already worked with Woody Allen (Magic in Moonlight) Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) and became the muse of the Greek Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed her in The Favourite and now in Poor creatures!

Of this feminist gothic drama, Golden Lion in Venice 2023there was also discussion for the eleven nominations. Emma Stone’s performance as Emma Baxter, a sort of freak with a childish brain but seductive innocence, is unforgettable. A woman free from conventions, free to be authentic, portrayed with great acting expertise.

Emma Stone in “Poor Creatures!”. (Searchlight)

Oscar 2024: who are the Best Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt for OppenheimerDanielle Brooks for The color purpleAmerica Ferrera for Barbie, Jodie Foster for Nyad And Da’Vine Joy Randolph for The Holdovers – Life Lessons. Here are the fabulous five, actresses with a smaller role on paper than their previous colleagues but of equal skill on the big screen.

Jodie Foster is the veteran of the group: from child prodigy in rather questionable roles such as the young prostitute in Taxi Driver or rape victim in Witness for the Prosecution – which earned her her first Oscar – up to her triumph with The Silence of the Lambs and his second statuette. In Nyad is Bonnie Stoll, supporter and longtime friend of swimmer Diana Nyad (Annette Bening). A well-built friendship bond, accompanied by acute irony: will it be enough to make her win?

Emily Blunt as Wife of Oppenheimer This is her first candidacy but she is among the favorite winners. The unforgettable Emily in The devil wears Prada everyone agrees: she is a versatile actress and capable of being, as in this case, the perfect sidekick to work colleagues.

Oppenheimer by Christopher Nolan, the Italian trailer

Oppenheimer by Christopher Nolan, the Italian trailer

The three outsider actresses

America Ferrera is known for her leading role in the TV series Ugly Betty. In Barbie is the Gloria character: she is striking for her energy and for the well-known motivational speech which, it seems, she wrote herself. Few say she is the winner but the prizes are truly unpredictable.

Danielle Brooks was one of the protagonists of Orange is the new blacka TV series that brought her fame and fortune. In the film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Color Purple she is the strong and indomitable Sofia. An excellent performance in a film that isn’t particularly appreciated.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph – stage and musical actress – is nominated for The Holdovers by Alexander Payneone of the cinematic surprises of 2023. Seen in the popular Disney+ series Only Murders in the building with Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, in The Holdovers is Mary Lamb, a cook in a boarding school in the 1970s, with a son who died in Vietnam. For her role he won a Golden Globe: an excellent omen for future awards.