Denzel Washington (Fences) Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Whenever Meryl Streep )isin the conversation, attention must be paid, but she can relax in her seat this year. Ruth Negga was lovely and quietly heartbreaking as Mildred Loving in the drama of misogyny laws and interracial marriage. Natalie Portman ( acted her heart out as Jackie Kennedy on the post-JFK assassination weekend. But Emma Stone sang and danced her way to SAG and Golden Globe wins in and has to be considered the favorite, though a couple of extraordinary performances by France’s Isabelle Huppert (she’s nominated for could derail that train.