With the Oscars looming fast approaching the category causing the most controversy is the outcome of ‘Best actress.’ Unlike ‘Best Actor’, where Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in Lincoln looks like a safe bet, the prize for reigning actress is less obvious. This Category raised interest immediately as the oldest and youngest ever nominees, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)  and 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), are  both up for their first Oscar.

However, The other contenders are no pushover. Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Hollywood’s favorite new darling Jessica Chastain have all achieved high acclaim and previous awards for their impressive roles in Silver Linings Playbook, The Impossible  and Zero Dark Thirty.

Who do you think will scoop the golden prize? After her success as the Baftas our money is on the brilliant Emmanuelle Riva!  Join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages!