Oscars 2015: Meet the Best Actress nominees

Julianne Moore, Felicity Jones, Reese Witherspoon, Rosamund Pike and Marion Cotillard are all in the running this year...

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Julianne Moore

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Film: Still Alice

Oscar history: Moore has never taken home a golden statuette despite being in the running four times. Last time she walked down the red carpet was back in 2002 when she was nominated for both 50s drama Far From Heaven and The Hours.

In Still Alice, the 54-year-old actress plays a college professor who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The role has already scooped Moore a Golden Globe for best actress but will she finally be able to add an Oscar to the mantlepiece?

Felicity Jones

Film: The Theory of Everything

Oscar history: An Oscar would be fine compensation for being passed over for a Golden Globe earlier this month.

Jones began her career on children’s television way back in 1998 when she played magical mean girl Ethel in The Worst Witch. Now 31, Jones has caught the jury’s eye for her portrayal of Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife Jane in The Theory of Everything, which as also won her a BAFTA nomination. But will she cast a spell on the Academy?

Reese Witherspoon

Film: Wild

Oscar history: Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar (and a BAFTA and a Golden Globe) for her performance in 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. 

Witherspoon first won over the mainstream as a ditzy law student in Legally Blonde and proved she was a heavyweight alongside Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line. This time round the 38-year-old has been nominated for her performance in Wild, the true story of a woman who walked 1,100 miles in a last-ditch attempt to change her life.

Rosamund Pike

Film: Gone Girl

Oscar history: Pike also missed out at the Golden Globes. This is her first Oscar nomination.

Pike first came to fame as a Bond Girl opposite Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day. Since then there have been supporting roles in Pride and Prejudice, Jack Reacher and The World’s End but it’s bestseller turned blockbuster Gone Girl that’s turned her into an A lister.

Marion Cotillard

Film: Two Days, One Night 

Oscar history: Cotillard won an Oscar for Best Actress in 2007 for her performance in La Môme. 

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The French actress is in the running for a second statuette thanks to her performance in Belgian drama Two Days, One Night, in which she played a factory worker who must win over her co-workers in order to keep her job. As well as  La Môme, her most memorable role to date was in critically acclaimed La Vie en Rose, a biopic of Edith Piaf.