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Every year around awards season, there seems to be a dearth of good roles for women. And yet this year it’s shaping up to be an impressive lead actress field, with stunning turns already seen by Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Carey Mulligan and others. We take a look at some of the performances in the male and female categories that are looking to stand out.

Contenders: Lead Actor
Contenders: Lead Actress