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Directors (For Sama)
Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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Nathaniel's own ballot
Readers Rank (Your Polling Votes):
Your gold medalist among the Oscar nominees is CATE BLANCHETT with an astounding 66% of readership votes. The distant silver medalist is AMY ADAMS with 12% an SANDRA BULLOCK (8%) just barely beating MERYL STREEP (7%) to the bronze. DAME JUDI DENCH took 3% of votes


This is officially your most mature Best Actress Lineup of all time. I offer up details at Vanity Fair 
It's also the most nominated with a gargantuan 7.6 nominations for the amalgated woman here

Amy Adams
39 yrs old
5th nomination

wins: globe (comedy),
other noms: bfca comedy 

Cate Blanchett
44 yrs old  
6 noms | 2 wins

wins: globe (drama),BFCA, SAG, LA, NYBoston, NSFC + many critics
noms: Gotham, Spirit

Sandra Bullock
49 yrs old
2nd nomination | 1 win

wins: some critics
other: BFCA, globe , SAG

Judi Dench
79 yrs old 
7th nomination | 1 win

other noms:BFCA,  globe, SAG

Meryl Streep
64 yrs old
18th nomination | 3 wins

previous noms: BFCA, globe, SAG

Adams wins her first lead nomination for her desperate conwoman. She's gotta get over on all those guys. She's gotta get over.

More on Amy

Jasmine French, a former socialite having a psychotic break, is Cate's best work. Oscar also thought so. 

Review & Tribute
More on Cate

Sandra's sad hearted Dr Stone star turn was lauded for its physical commitment (imagine making it!). Plus the film was a massive hit.

More on Sandra

Dench's performance as the title character, a woman in search of the now 50 year old son she lost to adoption, is baity,  funny and moving

More on Dench

Violet Weston is a mammoth role and 37 years into her movie reign Streep can still do no wrong with Oscar. 

Review & 18th Nom
More on Streep

How'd They Get Nominated?
51% Timing. Hustle = right size hit, right time, Best Picture hopeful
14% Performance
13% She's Adams, Default Contender
10% Plunging necklines
7% Prize Pack: Cooper, Bale & Lawrence
3% Role -new angles for Amy to play
2% She hasn't won yet?
64% Performance. (When an actor that respected does their best work...)
14% Role - she's mental!
7% She's Blanchett, Default Contender
6% Woody Allen films = acting nods
4% "New York,... Park Avenue"
3% Sally Hawkins
2% The joy of her acceptance speeches
29% Gravity = Best Pic?
23% Mega stardom. She's Bullock
22% That Blind Side Oscar. See? We weren't wrong about her!
21% Performance. Physical commitment and you gotta have tears...
4% ...floating tear? EVEN BETTER!
1% Role
27% Performance. Moving, never maudlin
24% Role. Philomena is an interesting old lady
22% She's Dench, Default Contender
18% Underserved demographic very well served = love
6% Retirement.
2% Still mourning for the loss of "M"
1% Best Picture play
33% She's Streep, Default Contender
30% Role. Violet's throat & dialogue are on fire
21% Performance
11% Category Fraud & precursor laziness Re: Julia
4% Shady release schedule preventing people from truly thinking about it
1% Subliminal memories of Silkwood. That hair! Oklahoma!
Which Clip Did Oscar Show?
"You're nothing to me until you're everything" "Who do i have to sleep with to get a martini?"  "You gotta be kidding me!" beats on the panels at the camera pans out silently  The finale. Forgiveness?
"That's hard. But I don't want to hate people" 
Violet threatens everyone - she'll always show them who's strongest!

Who Got Snubbed?

In the Dread Sixth Spot-- That'd be the shoe-averse Emma Thompson for Saving Mr Banks who appeared in all the key precursors and who was an absolute delight in the pre-season. Shame that we won't get more of her. And she acts infrequently, too. (sniffle) 

Nathaniel's Ballot - See it Here