Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

The Supporting Actress Oscar category is perhaps one of the very few that has a clear favourite to waltz off with the award.

Anne Hathaway may have been the toast of the award's season so far but there are some great performances that could spring a surprise on the night.

We take a closer look at the women that are in the mix for the Supporting Actress award and the films that they are nominated for.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams already has three Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations under her belt for Junebug, Doubt and The Fighter and now she has a third for her role in The Master.

The Master is a movie that everyone was raving about before Christmas and while the movie has missed out on nominations the central performances have been recognised.

Adams delivers another very powerful performance in a role that we perhaps have never seen her before.

With every movie that she does Adams does get better and better and she will eventually get her hands on an Oscar.

Sally Field

Sally Field is one of the best actresses of her generation and she has turned in another great performance in Lincoln.

The movie sees her team up with director Steven Spielberg and actor Daniel Day Lewis as she takes on the role of Mary Todd Lincoln.

The film follows Abraham Lincoln as he tries to end the civil and abolish slavery while Mary was a colourful character in her own right.

Field was always Spielberg's first choice for this role and she delivers a truly knockout performance.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is the red hot favourite for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar have dominated the award's circuit so far this year.

She triumphed at the weekend with a win at the Golden Globes and it would be a shock should he walk away empty handed next month.

Hathaway takes on the role of Fantine in Les Miserables and while she only has about 15 minutes of screen time it is one of the most powerful and emotional performances of the film.

I Dreamed A Dream is one of the highlights of the film as Hathaway shows off her singing prowess as well as her acting abilities.

Helen Hunt

The Sessions is a movie that was premiered this time last year at the Sundance Film Festival and it has gone on to be a triumph on the festival circuit throughout 2012.

The movie is based on the true story of Mark O'Brien, a poet paralysed from the neck down due to polio who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.

Helen Hunt takes on the role of sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen-Greene in a movie that treats sex with a real maturity.

The Sessions is an intelligent and funny film and the scenes between Hunt and actor John Hawkes really are some of the most powerful and most raw.

Jacki Weaver

It was back in 2010 that Jacki Weaver picked up an Oscar nomination for the very first time for Animal Kingdom and now she is back.

Weaver has once again been recognised in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

She takes on the role of Dolores Solitano who tries to help her son Pat get his life back on track after a stint in a mental institute.

Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy like no other last year and all of the cast delivered truly brilliant performances.

Weaver plays a very emotional role as she tries to come to terms with the problems that her son is facing as she struggles to understand him and give him the help that he needs.

The winners will be revealed 24th February

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