What do Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Jennifer Lawrence all have in common? All three are part of an elite group of this years five-best actresses, one of which will be presented with the Academy Award or Oscar, as its commonly known, for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Joining the line-up is veteran French actress Emmanuelle Riva, who at 85 is the oldest actress ever nominated for the coveted accolade. At the other far end of the age range is Quvenzhane Wallis, the American child actress, who has been nominated for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild and at just 9-years old, is youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. However Jennifer Lawrences critically acclaimed performance in Silver Linings Playbook looks set beat the competition and scoop the prize judging by betting odds.
This years strong crop makes predicting the winning actress even more difficult, since before the grand ceremony has been televised the results have been kept under lock and key. But, the odds provided by betting websites often accurately lean towards the winners, and with only just under 6-000 voting members of the AMPAS, most of whom are located in LA, the favourites can be heard along the grapevine by those in the city with the connections. Predicting an Oscar win can help the nominated actresses prepare for elation or disappointment, for Oscar fans, betting on the Oscar winners can add to the excitement of the event.