Last year, unfamiliar names like Emmanuelle Riva and Quvezhane Wallis earned spots in this category. Still early in their careers, Jessica Chastin and Jennifer Lawrence nabbed their second nominations, and first win for Lawrence. The only long-established Hollywood name in the group was Naomi Watts. Probably won’t be the case this year.
The top contenders for best actress this year are littered with past winners or well-established stars. Some have already shown their cards and look very imposing, while others are still unknown factors to the equation that could easily shoot up the rankings. Read my full list to see which ten ladies will be duking it out for the win.