BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Maggie Smith, 'Quartet'
Marking the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman, 'Quartet' tells the story of three retired members of an operatic quartet who unite each year for a concert to celebrate the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. But when the long-absent fourth member returns, the balance is upset and old grudges reignite. Maggie Smith steps away from 'Downton Abbey' for this brief stay in a retirement community for gifted musicians and offers a rich, comedic performance. Chances of winning: Unlikely.
Source: BBC Films