For 10 of the best in the business, the months of speculation and debate around them are drawing to a close. After all of the pomp, circumstance, glitz and glamour plays out on Sunday night, only two among them will walk away with Oscar gold, and the phrase “Academy Award Winner” indelibly added to the front of their names.
As for everyone else, well they’ll always have the honor of the recognition, and the compliments the victors are bound to toss out. Oh, and rumor has it they’ll get a $45,000 consolation goodie bag, so there’s that.
Our hats go off and our hearts go out to Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman and even that surly Joaquin Phoenix for entertaining us all in magnificent fashion.
Read on for more details on each of the nominees and to see what we think their chances are.