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Top 10 early-bird lead actress Oscar predictions: Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) soars for now

Top 10 early-bird lead actress Oscar predictions: Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) soars for now

Frontrunners are already forming for the Oscar Best Actress race, according to early predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Harriet” and “Ford v Ferrari,” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 lead actress picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 15:

1. Saoirse Ronan — Filmmaker Greta Gerwig is one smart cookie, reuniting her “Lady Bird” leading lady Ronan as spunky March sister Jo as she pursues her literary ambitions, with the scrumptious Timothee Chalamet as Laurie, who

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