For the second year in a row, the Best Actress Oscar race looks more competitive than Best Actor. Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman could score for her canny schoolmarm in Sofia Coppola’s Civil War drama “The Beguiled,” while Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) is superb as a southern farmer’s wife in Dee Rees’ Sundance hit “Mudbound” (Netflix). Coming up this month is Sundance musical “Patti Cake$” (Fox Searchlight, August 18), starring Australian breakout Danielle Macdonald.
“The Shape of Water”
As the make-or-break fall festivals loom, Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) could land an