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.

3. Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence (l.) with Bradley Cooper (r.) in 'Silver Linings Playbook' JoJo Whilden/The Weinstein Company/AP

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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