Oscars 2022: Best Actress Predictions

This year’s Best Actress contest leans into an Oscar staple, the biopic.

Oscar-winners who played real people include Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf (“La Vie en Rose”), Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash (“Walk the Line”), Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn (“The Aviator”), and Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in “The Favourite.” (More on nominee Colman below.)Festivals Venice and Telluride launched a drumbeat of critical praise for first-time nominee Kristen Stewart as troubled, drug-addled Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s nightmare before Christmas “Spencer” (Neon).

(The director’s last biopic thrust Natalie Portman into the Oscar race as “Jackie.”)Two-time Oscar nominee and TIFF tributee Jessica Chastain digs under the facade to reveal the human frailties of the Christian televangelist in Michael Showalter’s “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight).

Chastain’s hair and makeup team are Oscar contenders as well, like other transformations such as Charlize Theron

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