Could this film turn up a few acting nominations? Sure, but probably not. It just looks like something from a bygone era, which is to say post-Pulp Fiction Miramax. I don't really get the impression that the Academy is wistful for that era. If they were, then perhaps she would have picked up more traction for Victoria and Abdul, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. And if they old Academy was over it, the "new" one likely will be as well.
I had to mentally scan backwards in my head to Judi Dench's last nominated performance by the Academy. I had completely forgotten about the existence of Philomena despite it being my post signature for years. It remains locked in eternal struggle with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for most forgettable Oscar film of the decade. Can we please go back to five now?
"If you are marching with white nationalists, you are by definition not a very nice person. If Malala Yousafzai had taken part in that rally, you'd have to say 'Okay, I guess Malala sucks now.'" ~ John Oliver