She has been pitted against the best of the industry like Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Despite her brilliant performance in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', it would be difficult to say if she would be able to grab the golden lady.
But with the consequent release of films like 'Amour' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' her chances of winning the golden lady have become a little less.
The oldest Oscar best actress nominee Emmanuelle Riva, who will turn 86 on the Oscar night, has already won herself a BAFTA. And, the French actress seems a promising contender to take back the golden lady with her brilliant performance in 'Amour'. Emmanuelle plays Anne Laurent in the touching tale of an elderly couple whose love for each other is tested after she suffers two strokes.
If Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest Oscar nominee then the nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis has made it to the Oscars best actress category as the youngest nominee. In her portrayal of an imaginative young girl living with her father in an isolated Louisiana swampland, Quvenzhane breathes in life to a character with her zeal and maturity.
The most physically and emotionally challenging role got Naomi Watts her second Oscar nomination for the best actress. 'The Impossible' might not have been able to get many nominations in the Academy Awards but the film did put Naomi Watts in the front for her gritty performance.
Based on the Tsunami of 2004, the film tells the story a family struggling to survive the catastrophe.
'Silver Linings Playbook' turned out to be the first biggest opener of 2012 and Jessica Lawrence grabbed many eyeballs with her performance in the film making her the prospect nominee at almost all the award functions. Jessica plays a troubled young widow who begins a complex relationship with a man recently released from a psychiatric facility in 'Silver Linings Playbook'.
'Amour' beautifully portrays the concept of life and death and Emmanuelle Riva breathes life into the character with her brilliant performance. Known for her roles like 'Hiroshima Mon Amour', this is Emmanuelle%u2019s first Oscar nomination.
For her portrayal of a CIA agent who undertakes a decade-long search for Osama bin Laden, Jessica Chastain is the frontrunner for the best actress at Oscar. Known for being a character-actor, Jessica Chastain has nailed 'Zero Dark Thirty' with her performance.
Jessica Chastain comes forth as a strong character in Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' and she has already bagged the Golden Globes for the best actress. Her biggest contender at the Oscars is Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in 'Silver Linings Playbook'.