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For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Actress!

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With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to Best Actress, this was definitely the most contested and debated category of this year’s awards, with many, many actresses in heavy consideration: SOME KIND OF HATE’s Grace Phipps, THE HARVEST’s Samantha Morton, THE GIFT’s Rebecca Hall, SPRING’s Nadia Hilker, FELT’s Amy Iverson and THE FINAL GIRLS’ Taissa Farmiga. That’s not even considering all the fantastic female performances from ensembles from which it was difficult to even nominate a leading actress, such as THE MIDNIGHT SWIM. Yet with the limitations of only five available nomination slots, FANGORIA had to highlight the lead female performances that stood out most among the crowd in 2016.

So without further ado, here are your FANGORIA Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Actress…

 

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Abigail Breslin, in the role of Maggie Vogel in MAGGIE

While MAGGIE might have gotten notoriety from its leading man, the film’s true stand-out would be Abigail Breslin as the titular character, a teenage girl in the midst of a zombie transformation. Emotionally complex and surprisingly naturalistic, Breslin’s performance was beyond impressive, and even if the film wasn’t the most popular horror offering of 2016, it’s growing home video audience could conceivably bolster the actress to a Chainsaw win.

 

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Barbara Crampton, in the role of Anne Sacchetti in WE ARE STILL HERE

In a fantastic turn as a grieving mother encountering the supernatural, Barbara Crampton is excellent at conveying anguish, fear and curiosity in the acclaimed fright flick WE ARE STILL HERE. With Crampton’s genre pedigree, WE ARE STILL HERE’s buzzworthy popularity and an impressive performance behind the nomination, Crampton is certainly one of the frontrunners to nab her first ever Chainsaw Award.

 

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Maika Monroe, in the role of Jaime “Jay” Height in IT FOLLOWS

Easily the most notable lead female performance of 2016, Maika Monroe embodied the distressed, traumatized Jay effortlessly. A largely physical and emotional performance that complimented David Robert Mitchell’s minimalist vision, Monroe was undeniably great in the role and is likely the most recognizable choice for fright fans in this year’s Chainsaw Awards.

 

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Ryan Simpkins, in the role of Tess from ANGUISH

In a performance that emphasized the drama of the role as well as the horror, Ryan Simpkins landed on several horror fans’ radars with her turn in Sonny Mallhi’s ANGUISH. Offering believable resolve and game for the film’s darker moments, Simpkins could be the dark horse among this year’s nominees.

 

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Susanne Wuest, in the role of Mother from GOODNIGHT MOMMY

An incredibly physical and multi-faceted performance, Wuest is both chilling and vulnerable as the Mother from the Austrian fright flick GOODNIGHT MOMMY. It’s a gripping, complicated and enigmatic turn that becomes something entirely different in the film’s third act, with Wuest nearly guaranteeing herself a Chainsaw nomination for Best Actress by the time the credits rolled.
If you would like to vote for any of these performers for Best Actress, check out the full ballot here and send your completed ballot to chainsaw@fangoria.com.

About the author
Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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