December 3, 2023

Best Actress Oscar: Who could win for the second time in 2024?


“I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!” exclaimed Sally Field after winning Best Actress at the 1985 Academy Awards. The often misquoted phrase (she didn’t actually say “You like me, you really like me!”) followed her victory for playing Edna Spalding in “Places of the Heart.” It was a bookend trophy in the category that solidified Field as one of Hollywood’s great leading ladies. Her first Oscar came in 1980 for “Norma Rae.” At the time, she was the 10th woman to enter the prestigious double-winners club (Katharine Hepburn had four) and since then four more actresses joined their ranks. Next year a handful of contenders could become the 15th woman to earn their second Best Actress trophy at the 2024 Oscars.

Topping the list in our current Best Actress odds is Emma Stone for her portrayal of Bella Baxter in Yorgos Lanthimos‘ “Poor Things.” It’s an incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Following the film’s Golden Lion win at the Venice Film Festival, Stone quickly ascended to Oscar frontrunner status. She previously won in 2017 for “La La Land.”

SEE Emma Stone (‘Poor Things’) is now Oscars front-runner for Best Actress, passing Fantasia Barrino in our odds

Next is Natalie Portman in Todd Haynes‘ “May December.” Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple (Julianne Moore and Charles Melton) buckles under the pressure when an actress (Portman) arrives to do research for a film about their past. Portman won her first Best Actress trophy in 2011 for “Black Swan.”

Helen Mirren currently ranks 10th in our odds for “Golda” directed by Guy Nattiv. The biopic focuses on the intensely dramatic and high-stakes responsibilities and decisions that Golda Meir, also known as the ‘Iron Lady of Israel,’ faced during the Yom Kippur War. Mirren’s first win in this category came in 2007 for playing another real-life character in “The Queen.”

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Further down our current rankings are Jessica Chastain and Julia Roberts, both in our top 20 for yet-to-be-screened films. Chastain stars in Benoît Delhomme‘s “Mothers’ Instinct” opposite Anne Hathaway. Alice (Chastain) and Celine (Hathaway) live a traditional lifestyle with successful husbands and sons of the same age. Life’s perfect harmony is suddenly shattered after a tragic accident. This would be Chastain’s second win in three years, following her 2022 Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Roberts will be seen in “Leave the World Behind,” a psychological thriller directed by Sam Esmail. A family vacation on Long Island is interrupted by two strangers bearing news of a mysterious blackout. As the threat grows more imminent, both families must decide how best to survive the potential crisis, all while grappling with their own place in this collapsing world. Roberts won Best Actress in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich.”

Below is the list of women who have won two (or more) Best Actress trophies in the order it was accomplished, by ceremony date.

  • Luise Rainer for “The Great Ziegfield” (1937) and “The Good Earth” (1938)
  • Bette Davis for “Dangerous” (1936) and “Jezebel” (1939)
  • Olivia de Havilland for “To Each His Own” (1947) and “The Heiress” (1950)
  • Vivien Leigh for “Gone With the Wind” (1940) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1952)
  • Ingrid Bergman for “Gaslight” (1945) and “Anastasia” (1957)
  • Elizabeth Taylor for “BUtterfield 8” (1961) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1967)
  • Katharine Hepburn for “Morning Glory” (1934), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1968), “The Lion in Winter” (1969) and “On Golden Pond” (1982)
  • Glenda Jackson for “Women in Love” (1971) and “A Touch of Class” (1974)
  • Jane Fonda for “Klute” (1972) and “Coming Home” (1979)
  • Sally Field for “Norma Rae” (1980) and “Places of the Heart” (1985)
  • Jodie Foster for “The Accused” (1989) and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1992)
  • Hilary Swank for “Boys Don’t Cry (2000) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2005)
  • Meryl Streep for “Sophie’s Choice” (1983) and “The Iron Lady” (2012)
  • Frances McDormand for “Fargo” (1997), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2018) and “Nomadland” (2021)

Will a 15th name be added to this list in 2024?

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