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2014 Oscar predictions: Best actress

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The parade of critic and early precursor awards has gotten underway this week as the Gotham Awards, the New York Film Critic’s Circle and the National Board of Review have handed out their “best of” awards for 2013. A couple of the ladies making up the list below have already been bestowed laurels, but none should be counting their chickens just yet as the best actress field is packed with strong contenders just looking for a little momentum to carry them to Oscar night.

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Here’s how things stand for best actress and check out the gallery to see why:

1. Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine
2. Sandra BullockGravity
3. Emma ThompsonSaving Mr. Banks
4. Meryl StreepAugust: Osage County
5. Amy AdamsAmerican Hustle
6. Judi DenchPhilomena
7. Brie LarsonShort Term 12
8. Adele ExarchopoulosBlue is the Warmest Color
9. Julie DelpyBefore Midnight
10. Berenice BejoThe Past

Coming up this weekend is the best actor field, where a three-time nominee is making a December charge.

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