This year’s Academy Awards presentation would surely be a highly successful one not only for the brilliant films that shone last year, but because this year, moments that would define and already defined history are already made. Two of them are present in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for having the oldest nominee, Emmanuelle Riva, and the youngest, Quvenzhane Wallis. Aside from this, having already had two dashing Oscar nods just at the age of twenty two made Jennifer Lawrence one of the brightest young talents of Hollywood today. Let us get to know the five lovely and talented nominees and decide who we think truly deserves the Oscar statuette on the 24th (U.S. Time).
- Jessica Chastain as Maya of Zero Dark Thirty
She has been in the Oscars ceremony last year for having been nominated as the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her splendid performance as Celia Foote in the 2011 film and Oscars 2012 Best Picture nominee The Help. This year, she is coming back to battle not only for a supporting role but this time the leading one as she was once again nominated for her brilliance in acting. She stars in Katherine Bigelow’s history thriller Zero Dark Thirty about the hunt for the world’s most wanted, Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty was highly reminiscent of the Oscars 2009 Best Picture The Hurt Locker as it was also directed by the first ever female Oscar Best Director Katherine Bigelow and written by Mark Boal both of whom won their categories last Oscars 2009.
- Naomi Watts as Maria of The Impossible
This King Kong pretty lady who was known as Ann Darrow receives an Oscar consideration this year for her amazing performance in the 2012 film The Impossible where she starred alongside Ewan McGregor. She had already received a nomination for this same category nine years ago for her portrayal of the character Cristina Peck in the 2003 motion picture 21 Grams.
- Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany of Silver Linings Playbook
Nailing her role as a sex addict who was fighting her way to get better in her 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook made her deserving for her second Oscar consideration as the Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her first nomination was for her portrayal of Ree in the 2012 film Winter’s Bone which also probably landed her the Katniss Everdeen role which was the lead character of the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy.
- Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy of Beasts of the Southern Wild
At the young age of nine, Quvenzhane proved to possess natural gift in the craft of acting as she awed The Academy with her captivating performance as Hushpuppy in the fantastical drama Beasts of the Southern Wild. This made her the youngest actress in history to have ever gained an Oscar nomination.
- Emmanuelle Riva as Anne of Amour
Rarely do foreign actors and actresses reach the top five picks for the acting categories especially for the leading roles, but Emmanuelle Riva shattered expectations as her deeply moving performance as Anne did not just simply earned her a well-deserved Oscar consideration but also made her the oldest nominee for Best Actress in Oscar history.