A colorful array of performances from legends and newcomers alike
Naomie Harris - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Pros: Opposite Idris Elba, Harris is a beacon of strength in Justin Chadwick's Mandela biopic, a woman who experiences a great awakening herself and a dramatic arc throughout. That will stick out for her fellow actors.
Cons: It's very much a film dominated by Elba's work. Harvey Weinstein has a lot to work with this year and we really don't know how the cards will fall. If this one ends up getting any traction at all, it may just be lucky to get Elba in the tight Best Actor conversation, let alone other performance considerations.