I happened to check out the latest Gold Derby rankings last night and was pleasantly surprised to see that Meryl has moved up to #5 on their best actress predictions list. Helen Hunt has been removed from the list entirely. It was a bit confusing because I thought maybe they were going to push back the release of The Sessions, similar to The Great Gatsby, but John Hawkes is still among the best actors at #2. I didn't see it last night, but today I noticed that Helen Hunt is now listed at #6(!) on the supporting actress list.
This is good news for Meryl's chances at an Oscar nomination for Hope Springs. I don't know if Hunt is officially going to be campaigned in supporting, but Regina at FYC Meryl Streep and I both agree that it's a stupid idea moving her to that category. That coupled with the underwhelming reception of Laura Linney's performance in Hyde Park on Hudson at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival signals an uptick in buzz for Meryl. We'll have to wait and see if more sites begin to push Hunt over to the supporting category.