OSCARS 2015: Know Your Nominees: Best Actress

2015 Best Actress KYNIn the days leading up to the 87th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Marion Cotillard

Colliard KYNNominated for: Playing a woman fighting to get her job back after a medical leave in Two Days, One Night.

Other awards for this role:

Won, Best Actress, Boston Online Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actress, Dublin Film Critic Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actress, European Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Georgia Film Critics Association

Won, Best Actress, New York Film Critics, Online.

Won, Best Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Utah Film Critics Association Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Cotillard is probably best known to American audiences through her partnerships with Christopher Nolan on Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.

History with Oscar:

Marion Cotillard has won an Oscar.

2008: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, La Vie en Rose (Won).

Felicity Jones

Jones KYNNominated for: Playing the supportive wife of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Other awards for this role:

2nd Place, Best Actress, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actress,Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Cinema Vanguard Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Won, Invisible Woman Award, Women Film Critics Circle Award.

Where you might know her from:

Jones played Harry Osborn’s assistant Felicia in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

History with Oscar:

This is Felicity Jones’ first Oscar Nomination.

Julianne Moore

Moore KYNNominated for: Playing a professor suffering from early on-set Alzheimer’s in Still Alice.

Other awards for this role:

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Leading Actress, 2015 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Actress, Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

Won, Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Film Performance of the Year – Actress, Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.

Won, Best Actress, Gotham Awards.

Won, Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, National Board of Review, USA.

2nd Place, Best Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Desert Palm Achievement Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Second Place, Best Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actress & Courage in Acting Award, Women Film Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Moore has appeared in a number of films in her career, from The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski, Hannibal, Crazy, Stupid, Love and many, many more.

History with Oscar:

Julianne Moore has four prior Oscar nominations.

1998: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Boogie Nights (Lost to Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential).

2000: Best Actress in a Leading Role, The End of the Affair (Lost to Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry).

2002: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Iris (Lost to Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball).

2003: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Far From Heaven (Lost to Nicole Kidman, The Hours).

2003: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Hours (Lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago).

 

Rosamund Pike

Pike KYNNominated for: Playing a manipulative wife who goes missing in Gone Girl.

Other awards for this role:

Won, Best Actress, Austin Film Critics Association.

3rd Place, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Denver Film Critics Society.

Won, Best Actress, Detroit Film Critics Society.

Won, Best Actress, Film Club’s The Lost Weekend.

Won, Best Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Indiana Film Journalists Association.

3rd Place, Best Actress, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, British Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, North Texas Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actress, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Breakthrough Performance Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Best Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Foreign Actress, Sant Jordi Awards.

Won, Virtuoso Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Won, Best Actress, St. Louis Film Critics Association, US.

Won, Best Actress, Utah Film Critics Association Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Film audiences might recognize Pike from Pride and Prejudice, Jack Reacher, or The World’s End.

History with Oscar:

This is Rosamund Pike’s first Oscar nomination.

Reese Witherspoon

Witherspoon KYNNominated for: Playing a woman who goes hiking to learnmore about herself in Wild.

Other awards for this role:

Won, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Indiana Film Journalists Association.

Won, Best Actress, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Chairman’s Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

3rd Place, Best Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Witherspoon is known for her large body or work, and is at home in both popular fare (Pleasantville, Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama) as she is in indie favorites (MudInherent Vice, and Penelope).

History with Oscar:

Reese Witherspoon has one prior Oscar nomination which she won.

2006: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Walk the Line (Won).

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