The 88th Academy Awards will take place on 28th Feb 2016 and the nominees were announced recently. As with every year, this years’s nominees are full of fantastic performances by a talented group of actors. Here we bring you the female performances that you must watch.
Jennifer has won the best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook in 2012, making her the second youngest best actress Oscar recipient ever. This year, she is nominated in the Best actress category for her movie ‘Joy’. Joy is loosely based on the life of self- made millionaire Joy Mangano. Watch this inspirational movie about turning your life around in the face of adversity and for Jennifer’s portrayal of a woman who builds an empire through hard work and grit.
A memorable performance by Brie Larson in this tale of survival which will shock many. Her silent expressions deliver a nuanced performance and without giving any of the story away, all we can say is this is a must-watch.
Cate has had an impressive career with 7 Oscar nominations and 2 Oscar wins in the past. In 2013, she won the best actress Oscar for her unforgettable performance in Blue Jasmine where she portrayed a woman who refuses to accept reality.
Carol is based on Particia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt and Cate Blanchett plays a woman going through a divorce who falls in love with a younger woman. Incidentally, the costumes in Carol (by Sandy Powell) have also been nominated for an Oscar.
This Pakistani journalist and filmmaker has already won an Oscar for her documentary Saving Face in 2012. Her latest work is the hard hitting documentary on honour killings in Pakistan entitled A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and has been nominated under the category Best Documentary – Short Subject. Some of her other must see documentaries include Song of Lahore and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation.
Amy is a documentary by filmmaker Asif Kapadia and has been nominated under the Best Documentary feature category. It follows the life and death of one of recent times’ most memorable performers, Amy Winehouse. The film follows the singer’s life and her journey into substance abuse, the effect it had on her career and her untimely death at the age of 27. Amy was released in July 2015 and since then has become the highest-grossing British documentary of all time.
A few other ladies who stood out from the list of nominations are:
Sandy Powell – for costume design in Cinderella.
Saoirse Ronan – Best Actress for Brooklyn
Jennifer Jason Leigh – Best Supporting Actress for Hateful Eight
Lady Gaga -Best original song for Till it happens to you
To see the entire list of nominees go here.