THE CONTENDERS: Best Actress

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9/19 Thoughts: Cohen Media Group picked up “The Lady,” and with it, a very Oscar-bait performance from Michelle Yeoh. But does that mean she’s good to go? Not so fast. An Oscar campaign is an unforgiving, expensive venture. Does Cohen have the infrastructure for that? We’ll have to see. Also, Music Box Films picked up “The Deep Blue Sea,” but it doesn’t look like much will happen for Rachel Weisz without a big studio push.

Good bets:
1. Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
2. Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
3. Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”

Other possibilities:
4. Viola Davis, “The Help”
5. Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”
6. Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
7. Michelle Yeoh, “The Lady”
8. Felicity Jones, “Like Crazy”
9. Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
10. Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Dark horses:
11. Olivia Colman, “Tyrannosaur”
12. Emily Watson, “Oranges and Sunshine”
13. Kristin Scott Thomas, “Sarah’s Key”
14. Adepero Oduye, “Pariah”
15. Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia”

The rest of the field:
Maria Bello, “Beautiful Boy”
Juliette Binoche, “Certified Copy”
Abbie Cornish, “W.E.”
Jane Fonda, “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”
Jodie Foster, “Carnage”
Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Melancholia”
Anne Hathaway, “One Day”
Charlotte Rampling, “The Eye of the Storm”
Julia Roberts, “Larry Crowne”
Emma Stone, “The Help”
Mia Wasikowska, “Jane Eyre”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”
Rachel Weisz, “360”
Rachel Weisz, “The Whistleblower”
Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”
Kate Winslet, “Carnage”
Robin Wright, “The Conspirator”