The Nominees: Marion Cotillard (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT), Felicity Jones (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING), Julianne Moore (STILL ALICE), Resse Witherspoon (WILD), Rosamund Pike (GONE GIRL)
Will Win: Julianne Moore
Moore gave a heartbreaking performance as a college professor dealing with Alzheimer’s and she has already won at the Golden Globes and SAG awards. Plus Moore is a veteran actress who has been putting in great work for years so she is likely to be the favorite of her peers too.
Should Win: Rosamund Pike
I loved Pike in GONE GIRL. She was a total revelation as the batshit crazy and calculating Amy Dunne and I would be happy to see her win even though it is a long shot because this character is one of the most interesting and complex female characters to appear in a film in decades and Pike is responsible for her impact. So while she may not win now I do expect to see her nominated a few more times in the future though.
Got Robbed: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (BELLE)
The DOCTOR WHO alum burst on the scene in two great lead roles that were so different from one another and the only common component was the stellar performances bu Mbatha-Raw so her not being recognized seemed like missed opportunity. Especially when you have Reese Witherspoon taking up space with an undeserved nom for that dreadful WILD.