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Who Will Win Best Actress At The 85th Oscars?

February 24th, 2013 11:30am EST

Jessica Chastain While Daniel Day-Lewis is this year's one sure bet to win an Oscar for his performance in Lincoln, there is another who is almost a lock: Jennifer Lawrence for her strong performance in "Silver Linings Playbook.

It's the second time the 22-year-old star has been nominated in the category in her short career (, and don't let her resume; which includes films like The Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class and House at the End of the Street fool you. J-Law is the real deal.

Even if she misses out this year, she'll need to make room for a couple statues in the future.

Her closest competition here is from 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva, whose portrayal of stroke-victim Anne in Amour was chilling and realistic. The Academy could award Riva here with the assumption that Lawrence will someday have her day, but it's unlikely (and speaking of Amour, where's the nomination for Jean-Louis Trintignant as Riva's on-screen husband Georges?)

Jessica Chastain, fresh off last year's Best Supporting Actress nom for The Help, is back again this year for her lead in Zero Dark Thirty. She won't win either, but she'll need some room above her fireplace in the future.

The Nominees: Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role:

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
Quvenzhane Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"

Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who should win: Jennifer Lawrence

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