Viola Davis, Vanessa Kirby, Carey Mulligan… The actresses vying for the 2021 Oscars

Regulars on the red carpet or newcomers, take a look at the 10 actresses in the running for this 93rd Academy Awards ceremony.

Between the postponed, canceled releases and those reserved for streaming platforms, it is difficult to navigate the films selected for the Oscars this year. If the moviegoers will recognize a few names among the selected ones, Le Figaro introduces you to the ten actresses – five for the main roles and five for the supporting roles in contention on Sunday night.

Viola Davis, record holder in search of a second statuette

Crowned at the Oscars in 2017 for her supporting role in Fences, Viola Davis is in the running to win her first statuette as “best actress” This year. Featured at Blues by Ma Rainey alongside the late Chadwick Bosman – nominated in the “best actor“- she has already been rewarded for her performance by the Screen Actors Guild in early April. The 55-year-old actress, from South Carolina, is the first African-American to receive at least one Tony Awards, one Emmy Awards and one Oscar, with a history in theater and television. With this new nomination for the most prestigious film awards, her fourth, she is also the African-American most requested by the Academy.

Andra Day, from microphone to camera

Singer before becoming an actress, Andra Day has already won the Golden Globes 2021 for her role in Billie Holiday, a matter of state. The chance of a lifetime for the 36-year-old American, who spared no efforts to embody the jazz legend, and his lifelong idol, on the screen. The film returns to the relentlessness of the FBI, desperate to stop the interpreter of Stangefruit , playing in particular on his addiction to drugs, in the 1940s. Committed diva, Andra Day had sung her hit Rise up during the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Vanessa Kirby, a first masterstroke

This is called a successful first attempt. For her first headlining role, the interpreter of Princess Margareth in The Crown and Alana Mitsopolis in Mission: Impossible: Fallout melted film and criticism with her role as a bereaved mother in Pieces of a Woman. Available since January 7 on Netflix, the film by Kornél Mundruczó, has been a resounding success, carried by a Vanessa Kirby at the top of her art. Passed by the theater, the 33-year-old Englishwoman celebrates her first Oscar nomination after winning the best actress award in Venice for the same role.

Frances McDormand, never two without three

Double winner of this category (in 1997 for Fargo and in 2018 for Three Billboards: The Vengeance Signs), Frances McDormand is on course to glean her third Oscar with Nomadland. In this film by Chloé Zhao – in the running for the statuette of “best director»-, she camps a sexagenarian ruined after the economic crisis of 2008, traveling the roads of the American West in a van. The feature film is one of the favorites of the ceremony with five nominations. Already awarded a BAFTA Awards in 2021 for her interpretation on edge, the oldest of this list is one of the most serious contenders for the title.

Carey Mulligan, second chance

Neither unknown to the general public, nor multi-awarded figure of the Oscars, Carey Mulligan has already been selected once in this category in 2010. Never mentioned on the stage of the Dolby Theater, the 33-year-old actress is now in the running for Promising Young Woman. In this “revenge movie“Post-MeToo feminist, she plays Cassie, a young woman who works in a café by day and hunter of sexual predators at night. Director Emerald Fennell won the BAFTA for best screenplay for this original story, between thriller and dark humor.

Supporting roles that shine

Maria bakalova, a 24-year-old Bulgarian actress, is nominated for in the category “best actress in a supporting role” for Borat, new filmed mission . She plays Tutar, the daughter of the famous Kazakh reporter, destined to be “offeredTo someone close to Donald Trump. Note that his sidekick in the film, Sacha Baron Cohen, is cited for the Oscar for best supporting actor for another feature film (Chicago Seven).

Glenn Close also competes for the title, after his remarkable performance in An American ode , a portrait of deep America signed Ron Howard. Despite a rich career, the 74-year-old actress has never won the famous statuette, she holds the record of nominations: eight, without a victory.

Less politicized than most of the films selected for this 93rd ceremony, The Father is doing well with 6 nominations. The film by Frenchman Florian Zeller, with Anthony Hopkins, sees Olivia colman shine as the daughter of a tortured octogenarian. The Briton could recover her second Oscar, after being crowned “best actress»In 2019 for The Favorite.

Never named before, Amanda Seyfried was critically acclaimed for her excellent performance as 1930s Hollywood starlet and billionaire William Randolph Hearst’s Marion Davies, in Mank . David Fincher’s film, which looks back on the genesis of Citizen Kane through the prism of its screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, is cited in nine other categories.

At last, Yuh-Jung Youn is the last to be able to claim this year with the crown of the best female performance in supporting role. At 73, she is the first South Korean to be shortlisted for this Oscar award. His international career has just taken on a new dimension with Minari, a film telling the story of a Korean-American family joined in Arkansas by a colorful grandmother.

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Viola Davis, Vanessa Kirby, Carey Mulligan… The actresses vying for the 2021 Oscars