Best Leading Actress
Hollywood doesn't always give women the greatest roles - especially leading ones. But 2015 genuinely had several that are awards-caliber. Brie Larson's turn in Room was heartbreaking. Cate Blanchett was ethereal in Carol. Charlotte Rampling helped us explore marriage in 45 Years. Rooney Mara, also in Carol, matured before our eyes and helped us explore love. And Saoirse Ronan came to America in Brooklyn only to find herself torn between two loves and two homes.