1. Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Janney is hoping to add a first Oscar to her seven Emmy awards, and she's well on her way after wins at the Golden Globes, SAGs, and BAFTAs.
2. Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Similarly to Willem Dafoe in Supporting Actor, Metcalf was the clear critical favorite heading into the season, only to find herself coming up short next to flashier work at the televised awards shows. Lady Bird is beloved, and Metcalf may be the film's best shot at a win.
3. Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
Manville rode a wave of late-breaking support for Phantom Thread and found herself among the film's six nominations. She came very close to a nomination with 2010's Another Year, but this marks her first invite to the Oscars as a nominee.
4. Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
Blige was also nominated for Best Original Song for Mudbound, making her the first person nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year.
5. Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)
Third nomination (1 win).
After becoming the first black actress to score a nomination after previously winning an Oscar (with her nom for last year's Hidden Figures), Spencer is back in the mix again.