Rosamund Pike in 'Gone Girl' An Oscar contender.

Rosamund Pike in ‘Gone Girl’ An Oscar contender.

There has been a lot of talk about the effect women have in the film industry, recently instigated by Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon, but who will actually win this year?

Reese Witherspoon’s portrayal of Cheryl in 2014 hit ‘Wild’ became one of my favourite contenders, it follows the journey of a woman and her 1,100-mile solo hike. Personally, I love this film because hiking is one of the most fun, fulfilling and spiritual exercises out there. Hiking that amount of miles can either make you order your thoughts and come to terms with your issues or make you forget them completely. Reese handles this with absolute perfection.

Rosamund Pike played Amy in the book adaption ‘Gone Girl’ which was released with more critical acclaim than the other films. Amy is a perfect character, complex and narcissistic. Rosamund is a fantastic actress and played Amy well but I felt the character of Amy was more of what I liked than the way Pike conceived her. The talk and speculation about her and then the eventual reveal made the tone more satisfying. However, Rosamund is still the actress I would like to win this year.

Marion Cotillard and Julianne Moore are the two that will mostly likely be given the coveted award, Julianne stuns in ‘Still Alice’ as a linguistics professor. Looking through Moore’s filmography it’s hard to find a film that doesn’t have a rating below 6.5/10. Marion has already won an Oscar for her role as Edith Piaf in ‘La Vie En Rose’ and has become the ‘dark horse’ in the awards.

Felicity Jones doesn’t deserve to be discredited in the Oscar run up for ‘The Theory of Everything’ but a lot of critics and normal viewers alike have felt that it’s Eddie Redmayne’s film and not Jones. Felicity is also a brilliant actress but it didn’t stand out for me and the storyline is more Stephen’s and not Jane’s. Julianne Moore will most likely win but I would like to see Rosamund or Marion win this year.