1 - Michelle Williams - Manchester by the SeaWith great reviews from Sundance Michelle is now the safest bet to a lock for a nomination, and she was already nominated 3 times and never won. This could be her year.
2 - Laura Dern - The FounderIn one of the most oscar-appealing movies that will be released this year, Laura Dern will play the wife of MacDonald's founder. She is also due to some recognition by the Academy, so she's in a very good position right now.
3 - Nicole Kidman - LionWith a great release date in November, and the power of The Weinstein Company (that will certainly campaign for Lion), this is the role that may stand out, and Kidman in a drama can certainly deliver a great performance.
4 - Brie Larson - Free FireShe already has an Oscar and she certainly came to stay. She has a great talent and her performance will certainly make people talk about it, so she's in the run now.
5 - Margot Robbie - Suicide SquadMargot is a rising star and even if this kind of roles usually go unnoticed by the Academy, people still remeber that Heath Ledger won the Oscar for playing The Joker in a Batman movie, so this is possible and by the looks of it Margot will steal the show.
6 - Kristen Stewart - Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkDirected by Ang Lee, this movie is one to watch, and if Kristen gives a strong performance then she will definitely enter the race.
Kate Winslet - Collateral Beauty; Rachel Weisz - Deep Water