Best Actress

This category is harder to call; Cate Blanchett is wonderful in Blue Jasmine – a film that we’d say is nailed on for Best Screenplay – but beyond that, the disparity between the odds isn’t as stark as the male category. But Emma Thompson, who is excellently frustrated opposite you-know-who in Saving Mr. Banks.

Saving Mr BanksSaving Mr Banks could be a winner for Thompson

Alright, this all sounds like a big Tom Hanks love-in, but the point with Emma Thompson is that she totally steals the show from him in every way, despite him playing Walt Disney. The character of P.L Travers is sturdy; Thompson portrays her with wit and naivety, irritation and confidence, and for that she’s a great choice for a Best Actress gong.

“An enjoyable, occasionally laughable, and sometimes moving drama, with Emma Thompson on fine brittle form as the quintessentially English Australian who gave the world its most famous nanny,” said Catherine Bray of Film4.

Outsiders could look towards Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts in Osage County, who are both at 50/1, somehow.

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