Carey Mulligan in Inside Llewyn Davis

Carey Mulligan in Inside Llewyn Davis

Everywhere you turn there are performances sprouting up that are worthy of an Oscar nomination at the beginning of next year.

We have already look at Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor; and they are all going to incredibly competitive.

And it looks like Best Supporting Actress category is going to be just as tough with some great performances all set to battle it out for the gong.

Meryl Streep - August: Osage County

It's not overly clear if the studio will campaign for Streep to best a Best Actress of a Best Supporting Actress nod for this performance.

August: Osage Country is a movie that is already surrounded in Oscar buzz, and it will come as no surprise to hear that some are getting excited about another Streep performance.

She will take on the patriarch of a dysfunctional family as Tracy Letts' play is adapted for the big screen.

The role of Violent Weston see Streep at her comic and outrageous best as she stars alongside Julia Roberts and Abigail Breslin.

However, it is not that long since Streep picked up her last Oscar, so will the Academy be willing to hand out another so soon?

Oprah Winfrey - Lee Daniels' The Butler

Oprah Winfrey is back on the big screen with Lee Daniels' The Butler - a film that has already topped the U.S. box office.

The film follows Cecil Gaines; a man who served eight President during his time as a butler at the White House. Winfrey takes on the role of Cecil's wife, Gloria.

An all star cast my have been lined up for this film but it really is Winfrey that shines - seriously this women is fantastic at everything.

She brings a real complexity to this character; a woman who secretly drinks too much and is lonely because of the long hours that her husband works.

It's a shame that Winfrey hasn't acted more over the last decade as she has just knocked it out of the part with this role.

Carey Mulligan - Inside Llewyn Davis

Many were surprised when Mulligan was not nominated for her great performance in Shame, but now she is back with Inside Llewyn Davis.

The film has been doing well on the festival circuit ever since it premiered at Cannes earlier this year.

Given the fact that Mulligan does have limited screen time she give an excellent and very forceful performance.

She play musician Jean who is pregnant after a one-night stand with Llewyn; a man who is not her husband.

Mulligan is one of the best British acting talents around at the moment and it would be great to see her back in the Oscar mix.

Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years A Slave

Every year the Academy seems the recognise the performance of a newcomer... and in 2014 the spotlight could very well be on Lupita Nyong'o.

She is one of the stand out performances in this terrific movie - and when you consider just who is on the cast list that is no mean feat.

12 Years A Slave is set to be one of the most powerful movies as director Steve McQueen tackles slavery with his new film.

It seems that just about everyone involved with this movie could bag a nomination, and this really is going to be the film to beat.

Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle.

Last year's Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence could find herself in the running once again for her performance in American Hustle.

The movie sees her reunite with director David O.Russell - the man behind Silver Linings Playbook - and there is already a lot of talk and excitement surrounding this film.

Lawrence is joined on the cast list by Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and it seems that all of them could find themselves nominated in their respective categories.

Whether the Academy would be winning to give Lawrence an Oscar two years on the trot, remains to be seen.

Other actresses to watch out for include Cameron Diaz (The Counsellor), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), Margo Martindale (August: Osage County) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips).

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