Emma Stone to Sandra Hüller: who do you think deserve to be in the best actress race at the Oscars?

The major film festivals of Berlin, Cannes, and Venice have concluded. The fall film festivals,Telluride and Toronto both of which are yet to take place. These are just preparations for the Oscars next year.

The festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actress prize often converts into an Oscar nomination, the Venice Film Festival has a sure-shot lead in the category. At this moment, the run is unbreakable: four of the festival’s previous winners have gone on to receive Oscar nominations, with one winning. Olivia Colman for The Favourite (2018), Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman (2020), Penélope Cruz for Parallel Mothers (2021), and Cate Blanchett for Tár (2022) are in the list.

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Cailee Spaeny, who plays Priscilla in Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, has never been nominated for Oscars and the Academy enjoys recognising a newbie in an author-backed biopic.Priscilla continues the story started by Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, which earned hero Austin Butler a Best Actor nomination, and can hope for a Best Actress nomination as well.

Poor Things by Yorgos Lanthimos was the other huge showdown to come out from Venice. Critics praised the film upon its release, declaring it the best film the Greek, with star Emma Stone’s best performance till the date. Although the Oscar winner, who previously won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for La La Land a few years ago, This time her film was awarded the festival’s highest award, the Golden Lion for Best Picture. Her fourth Oscar nomination has been officially confirmed.

German actress Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest, both of which won at Cannes. The actress was in two of the strongest competitive titles at Cannes, where she was widely expected to win Best Actress.Her films took priority over her outstanding performances. French filmmaker Justine Triet won the prestigious Palme d’Or, and The Zone of Interest received the Grand Prix, Cannes’ second highest honour. Turkish actor Merve Dizdar for Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses took home the award for Best Actress at Cannes.

Variety reported last week that Sandra Hüller will run for Best Supporting Actress for The Zone of Interest. Her performance in Anatomy of a Fall will very certainly take her to the Lead position. Sandra will be the first actress to be recognised for two non-English language performances in the same year if she is nominated in both categories.

Along with these performances, other candidates competing for the title for the Best Actress race include Carey Mulligan in Maestro (directed by Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, and which had its Venice premiere), Annette Bening in NYAD (Bening is a cherished industry veteran who has never won, and her film just had its Telluride premiere), and Natalie Portman in May December (which, as expected, received rave reviews after its Cannes premiere),Margot Robbie in the biggest movie of the year, Barbie, Greta Lee in Past Lives (a strong breakout performance that has been getting excitement since its Berlin debut earlier this year), and Fantasia Barrino in The Colour Purple (which hits theatres this Christmas).