This year's Oscars include an array of talent, expecially in the the Best Actress category with the five leading ladies all previous nominees. But will an Aussie playing a New Yorker, a British Dame or a record breaker clinch the golden statue on Sunday?
Can Cate Blanchett take home the Oscar too? (WENN)
Cate is the runaway favourite to take the Oscar on Sunday thanks to her role as an in-denial New York socialite in Woody Allen's latest movie. Blue Jasmine is Cate's movie despite Allen's talents behind the camera and all star support from Brit Sally Hawkins and Alec Baldwin. Her performance has won her rave reviews and looks set to score the Aussie actress her second Oscar win after her triumph in 2004 for The Aviator. Cate's already scooped the BAFTA and a Golden Globe for what was her first major role in years, with the actress confessing last week that she thought her movie career was over.
Meryl is up for her 18th Oscar (WENN)
Meryl and the Oscars go hand in hand with the 64-year-old notching up an incredible 18 Academy Award nominations, winning three. That's more nods than any other actor in the history of the awards. Despite her accolades, this year may not belong to Meryl, despite a hilarious and hearbreaking turn in August: Osage County. With such an array of talent in this year's lot, Meryl seems to be slipping out of the race, not that she's bothered with the actress instead concentrating on her pals, famously hitting out at the Academy for not including her BFF Emma Thompson in this year's nominations. Will Meryl's hold over the Academy surprise us all though, and gain the star her fourth Oscar?
American Hustle star Amy Adams has already scooped a Golden Globe (WENN)
While everyone has been busy expressing outrage at Best Actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio's four Oscar nods with no wins, Amy's bad luck has gone under the radar. The American Hustle star has actually been nominated for five Academy Awards and has yet to win, and that's on top of five Golden Globes (winning one), six Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning one) and four BAFTA Awards (winning none). The red head caught everyone's attention with her portryal of Christian Bale's bra-less lover in her second team-up with David O. Russell, can this year be the year her luck finally turns?
Sandra Bullock is up for her second Oscar (WENN)
Sandra has scored her second nomination following her win for The Blind Side in 2010 thanks to her lead in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Sandy appears in pretty much every scene of the space thriller, and aside from a brief appearance from George Clooney is the only star of the movie. No one can deny the mum of one worked hard for her nomination, spending hours on end cooped up in the tiny sets and coping with her fear of flying. The Academy isn't known for recognising sci fi movies though.
Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi is representing Britain (WENN)
Dame Judi is flying the flag for Britain this year thanks to her lead role in Philomena. The role has all the hallmarks of a winning Oscar performance, she's playing a real life woman, in emotional turmoil, who goes on a journey. There's also no denying that Judi's performance outshines her Oscar winning turn in Shakespeare in Love. Although hilarious and formidable as Elizabeth I, even Dame Judi had to joke that her incredibly short screen time made the win a shock, telling the audience in her acceptance speech: "I feel for eight minutes on the screen I should only get a little bit of him". The 79-year-old's awards tally includes eleven BAFTAs, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes while this year marks her seventh Oscar nomination.
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