Judy: Oscar Buzz for Renee Zellweger’s Portrait of the Troubled, Boozy Judy Garland

This year, Rami Malek earned the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the boozy singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, beating out Bradley Cooper for his work as the fictional alcoholic actor Jackson Maine in the third remake of A Star Is Born.

Over the years, we’ve seen Jamie Foxx win for “Ray,” Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart and Marion Cotillard for “La Vie en Rose.” Joaquin Phoenix’s work as Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line” earned him a nomination and Diana Ross walked into the 1973 Academy Awards as nominee for “Lady Sings the Blues.”

Renée Zellweger should earn a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work as the immensely talented but mentally troubled and drug (and pills) addict Judy Garland in the new  biopic, Judy, director Rupert Goold’s adaptation of the Tony-nominated 2012 play End of the Rainbow.

The Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment drama is an intimate look at the last months of Garland’s life as she tries to revitalize her career with a series of concerts in London in 1969 all while battling pill and alcohol abuse and struggling to keep custody of two younger children, Lorna and Joey Luft.