Top Contenders

Janelle Monae in a scene from Hidden Figures

Janelle Monae in a scene from Hidden Figures

Going all in on Hidden Figures. Monae has the most baity role, as far as I'm concerned, but given the relatively limited scope of this category I figured I may as well. This, I assume, would break a record by having four African-American actresses in the category - there's a first time for everything. 

Viola Davis
"Fences"

Naomie harris
“Moonlight”

JANELLE MONÁE
"HIDDEN FIGURES"

OCTAVIA SPENCER
"HIDDEN FIGURES"

Michelle Williams
“Manchester by the Sea” 
 

Second-Tier Contenders

GRETA GERWIG
"20TH CENTURY WOMEN"

Lily Gladstone
"Certain Women"

FELICITY JONES
“A MONSTER CALLS”

NICOLE KIDMAN
“LION”