OSCARS 2013: Know Your Nominees: Best Actress

In the days leading up to the 85th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Jessica Chastain

jessica-chastain-ecu-1626822369Nominated for: Playing the CIA analyst responsible for finding Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute

Nominated, Best Leading Actress, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, National Board of Review

3rd Place, Best Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

If you haven’t seen the numerous other films she put out in the last two years like Mama or The Tree of Life, perhaps you remember her from her recurring role as Assistant District Attorney Sigrun Borg on the TV series Law and Order: Trial By Jury.

History with Oscar:

Jessica Chastain has one previous nominations.

2012: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, The Help (Lost to Octavia Spencer, The Help).

 

Jennifer Lawrence

jennifer lawrenceNominated for: Playing a sexually destructive widow in Silver Linings Playbook.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Actress, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute

Nominated, Best Leading Actress, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Actress in a Comedy, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Female Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (TIE).

2nd Place, Best Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

2nd Place, Actress of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Lawrence is best known as Katniss in The Hunger Games franchise.

History with Oscar:

Jennifer Lawrence has one prior Oscar nominations.

2011: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Winter’s Bone (Lost to Natalie Portman, Black Swan).

 

Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle RivaNominated for: Playing an elderly woman in deteriorating health in Amour.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Leading Actress, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, European Film Awards.

Nominated, Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (TIE).

Won, Best Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

3rd Place, Actress of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

While far from a household word here in the United States, Riva has had a long and notable career in France, starring in films such as Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Blue.

History with Oscar:

Emmanuelle Riva has no prior Oscar nominations. She is also the oldest Best Actress nominee in Academy history.

 

Quvenzhané Wallis

18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - ArrivalsNominated for: Playing a resilient and independent Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Black Reel Awards

Nominated, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Nominated, Best Female Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Beasts of the Southern Wild is Wallis’ first film.

History with Oscar:

This is Quvenzhané Wallis’ is first Oscar nomination. She is also the youngest woman to ever be nominated at Best Actress.

 

Naomi Watts

Naomi WattsNominated for: Playing a mother trying to save her children’s life in tsunami-torn Thailand in The Impossible.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute

Nominated, Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, CinemaWriters Circle Awards, Spain.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Goya Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know her from:

Watts burst on the scene in David Lynch’s Mullholland Dr., but might be best known for her work in The Ring and King Kong.

History with Oscar:

This is Weaver’s second Oscar nomination.

2004: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, 21 Grams (Lost to Charlize Theron, Monster).

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