Thu, 23 Feb 2012 02:49:32 GMT | By Toni-Marie Ippolito
Oscars 2012: Best Actor and Best Actress predictions

Taking a look at the best acting races at this year's Oscars



Taking a look at the best acting races at this year's Oscars (© JOE KLAMAR, AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Taking a look at the best acting races at this year's Oscars (© JOE KLAMAR, AFP/Getty Images)
  • The notorious bachelor plays a father (© Jon Furniss, WireImage)
  • The unknown actor proves silence is golden (© DAMIEN MEYER, AFP/Getty Images)
  • The international star hits a home run (© Dave J Hogan, Getty Images Entertainment)
  • Seasoned actor’s undercover talent finally gets blown (© Kevin Winter, Getty Images Entertainment)
  • The gardener’s career blossoms over night (© Dan MacMedan, WireImage)
  • Actress sweeps her way towards Oscar gold (© Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images Entertainment)
  • The girl next door gets ugly and raw (© Steve Granitz, WireImage)
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It's an honour to be nominated for an Oscar, but of all the Awards the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences gives out, the most coveted of them all for an actor are those given for Best Actor and Actress. This year is proving to be a tight race as each performance was stellar in their own right.

From a dad trying to cope with family issues, to a silent film star making noise, to women proving they can do a man's job, this year's nominees had us forgetting who they really were as we got lost in their characters. But isn't that what fine acting is all about?

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