- Cate Blanchett, Carol
- Brie Larson, Room
- Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
- Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
- Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Did Jennifer Lawrence really need a fourth nomination to make her the Meryl Streep of millennials? If Blanchett hadn't just won, for Blue Jasmine, she'd be out front. And first-time nominee Charlotte Rampling, 69, would soar if her film won the viewer support it deserved. It did not.
Should Win: Ronan
She's just 21, but the miracles she works as an Irish immigrant bravely facing a scary new world define astonishing.
Will Win: Larson
With nominations for film, directing and writing, Room is an Oscar-voter favorite. And the core of its success can be found in Larson's tour de force as a mother confined in all areas save the heart.
Robbed: It wasn't race that took a hit here, it was age. Lily Tomlin, 76, was ignored for Grandma; Blythe Danner, 72, for I'll See You in My Dreams; and Maggie Smith, 81, for The Lady in the Van. Damn you, Oscar.