Below, some pundits explain their Best Actress predix.
Edward Douglas, Comingsoon: It's pretty much Cate Blanchett vs. Sandra Bullock and the only way we might get a first-time Oscar winner is if Amy Adams is exceptional in American Hustle, which at this point, no one has seen. Adams' four time nominations in supporting proves she's well liked and she has the hottie factor that always seems to drive the Academy but the two veteran actresses are both very good.
Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter: Blanchett is going to win because her performance is in a league of its own -- and because she is the only one of the category's major contenders who has not yet won a best actress Oscar.
Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com: We do adore our Sandy. But she has a best actress Oscar and Cate – for all her miraculous work over the years – has only gotten a supporting so far. Plus, the act of breathing fire into a Woody Allen film is a feat almost equal to making us believe you are floating in space.
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