Winstead plays Kate, a young woman whose marriage is tested when she strives to stay sober. She has no previous Oscar nominations.
Mirren plays Alma Reveille, loyal wife to helmer Alfred Hitchcock in this biopic which focuses on the making of the movie "Psycho." Mirren won on the second ("The Queen") of her four Oscar nominations.
Chastain co-stars in Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to "The Hurt Locker." She has one previous Oscar nomination ("The Help").
Streisand plays the mother of a man trying to sell his latest invention. She has two Oscars: Best Actress for "Funny Girl" and Best Original Song for "Evergreen" from "A Star is Born."
Lawrence plays Tiffany, a mysterious girl who intrigues a recovering mental patient, in this adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel. She has one previous Oscar nomination ("Winter's Bone").
Smith plays Jean, a retired opera singer who disrupts the former members of her singing quartet when she arrives at their annual concert. She has won two Oscars ("California Suite" and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie") and earned four other nominations.
Riva plays Anna, an elderly woman whose marriage is tested when she suffers an attack. She has no previous Oscar nominations.
Watts plays a woman whose family is trapped during the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. She has one previous Oscar nomination ("21 Grams").
Weisz plays Hester, the who is married to a judge but has an affair with a Royal Air Force pilot. She won an Oscar on her only previous nomination ("The Constant Gardener").
Newcomer Wallis plays Hushpuppy, who leaves her home to search for her mother. She has no previous Oscar nominations.
Streep plays Kay Soames, who goes into counseling with her husband of 30 years. She has won three Oscars ("The Iron Lady," "Sophie's Choice," "Kramer vs. Kramer") out of seventeen nominations. She is the most nominated actor in Oscar history.
Lynskey plays Amy, a divorcee forced to move back in with her parents. She has no previous Oscar nominations.
Cotillard plays Stephanie, a killer whale trainer who has a terrible accident. Cotillard won an Oscar on her only previous nomination ("La Vie en Rose").
Linney plays Margaret Suckley, who has an affair with her distant cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt. She has three previous Oscar nominations ("You Can Count On Me," "Kinsey," "The Savages").
Knightley plays the title character, a Russian aristocrat who has an affair with Count Vronsky. She has one previous Oscar nomination ("Pride and Prejudice").
Grainger plays Estella in the Charles Dickens adaptation. She has no previous Oscar nominations.