Biggest Best Actress snub: Amy Adams or Taraji P. Henson? | The Tylt
Biggest Best Actress snub: Amy Adams or Taraji P. Henson?
Henson and Adams weren't the only major contenders snubbed in the Best Actress category. Annette Bening was an early frontrunner for Best Actress for her performance as a '70s mom who gets help from two other women in raising her teenage son in "20th Century Women." Bening is no stranger to being snubbed at the Oscars. Heck—she's been not only nominated, but a frontrunner to win the Oscar time after time—most notably for performances in "American Beauty," "Being Julia" and "The Kids Are All Alright."
But Henson and Adams both starred in box office hits with acclaimed performances, and both have fervent fanbases. But like the sun rising and setting, Meryl Streep received her 20th Oscar nod for "Florence Foster Jenkins." French actress Isabelle Huppert surprisedly won the Golden Globe (an Oscar precursor) for "Elle" and might be a threat to both Emma Stone (for "La La Land") and Natalie Portman (for "Jackie") at the Oscars. Plus—Ruth Negga was a nice surprise nominee, who Oscar prognosticators weren't sure would make the final five in such a tight race.
Although five talented actresses have been nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Actress category, did Henson or Adams deserve to be part of that final five more?
Henson stars alongside musician Janelle Monae and Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (who is nominated in this year's Best Supporting Actress category) in "Hidden Figures."
The true story of African-American female mathematicians who aided in America's first successful space missions has inspired many moviegoers and film critics alike. The film is a box office hit and a nominee for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Henson leads the film as unsung heroine Katherine Johnson, a gifted mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for the early space missions. Due to the film's commercial success and Henson's inspirational performance, some believed she could pull in a surprise nomination following Golden Globe and SAG snubs.
Unfortunately, it didn't happen.
Adams and Portman were considered the frontrunners to win Best Actress — Drama at the Golden Globes. Although Adams won our poll—Hubbert became the surprise winner.
Maybe losing the Golden Globe should've been telling for experts, who really wanted Adams to be nominated (and win the Oscar). But Adams is also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actress. So, it's understandable that many believe that an acclaimed actress with a praised performance in a successful sci-fi drama would be nominated. Although Arrival is nominated for Best Picture and an additional seven Academy Awards—Adams is unfortunately not!