With five months to go before the Feb. 28 qualifying deadline, the Best Actress race is already extremely competitive. Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) currently leads the field while Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) deservedly took the acting prize at Venice. Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Kate Winslet (“Ammonite”) are both on the hunt for their second trophy while Michele Pfeiffer (“French Exit”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), and, once again, Amy Adams (“Hillbilly Elegy”) are hoping for their first. Waiting in the wings to crash the party are Andra Day (“The People vs. Billie Holiday”) and Rachel Brosnahan (“I’m Your Woman”). Oh, and is there room for screen legend Sophia Loren (“The Life Ahead”)? Ponder oh Oscars. Ponder. [Posted Sept. 30]


Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
Kate Winslet, “Ammonite”
Michele Pfeiffer, “French Exit”
Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”
Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holliday”
Jennifer Hudson, “Respect”
Amy Adams, “Hillbilly Elegy”
Rachel Brosnahan, “I’m Your Woman”
Felicity Jones, “The Midnight Sky”
Sophia Loren, “The Life Ahead”


Elisabeth Moss, “The Invisible Man”
Rashida Jones, “On the Rocks”
Sienna Miller, “Wander Darkley”