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The Best Actress nominees at the 85th Annual Academy Awards make up one of the toughest categories of the year. That said, my prediction is that the Academy will give the honor to Emmanuelle Riva for her role in the Austrian film Amour. 

Here is this year's list of nominees: 

Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

I think Jennifer Lawrence has a very good shot at winning but my hope is that the Academy goes for the 85-year-old Riva honoring her as much for this role as for her complete body of work.