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21 January 2018

Best Actress 2017

My top choices in the order I would place them on my Academy ballot if I were allowed to vote. In other words, this is my top five, but I acknowledge that this list is already influenced by awards buzz. They are not in order of my preference. Instead, the actresses whom I think would theoretically benefit the most from my vote are at the top.

MARYANA SPIVAK, Loveless (Нелюбовь)

KRISTEN STEWART, Personal Shopper



FRANCES McDORMAND, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Also loved:
Simone Bucio, La Región Salvaje (The Untamed)
Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread
Rooney Mara, Song to Song
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Félicité 
Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion
Jessie Pinnick, Princess Cyd
Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus
Meryl Streep, The Post

Apologies to:
Annette Bening (Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool), Holly Hunter (Strange Weather), Isabelle Huppert (Happy End), Kim Min-hee (On the Beach at Night Alone), and Mari Malek (The Nile Hilton Incident), whose films I have not yet seen.

My Best Actress picks from past years (2004-2016)
My Best Actor picks from 2017
My Best Supporting Actress picks from 2017
My Best Supporting Actor picks from 2017

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