Oscars 2013: Who will win? Check out our predictions

The biggest night for movies is coming up fast – the ceremony will air on Feb. 24. Check out our picks for who will take home the big prizes.

By , Staff Writer

3. Best Actress

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    Jennifer Lawrence (l.) with Bradley Cooper (r.) in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

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The Oscar contenders:

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

The verdict: Chastain was regarded as an early frontrunner in this race and snagged the Best Actress in a Drama prize from the Golden Globes, but then she wasn't running against Lawrence, who took the Golden Globes prize for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical – and it was Lawrence who then took home the SAG Award. Riva, the oldest-ever nominee for Best Actress, is also a well-regarded contender, but expect Lawrence, who played a young widow in "Playbook," to take home the statuette. The actress was nominated for Best Actress in 2011 for "Winter's Bone."

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