There is tough competition among this years nominees for best actress , there is no obvious choice ,all the women had solid performances in their movies.
In my opinion the main competition is between Glenn Close (as Albert Nobbs in” Albert Nobbs” ) and Rooney Mara ( as Lisbeth Salanda in “Girl with the Dragon tattoo” ) . They both had more challenging roles compared with the other nominees.
In “Albert Nobbs” ,Glenn Close plays a woman living as a man in order to find work in the harsh 19th-century Irish environment.
In “Girl with the dragon tattoo” , Rooney Mara plays a gifted, but deeply troubled, researcher and computer hacker
the nominees are :
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Rooney Mara (Girl with the dragon tattoo)
Meryl Streep (the Iron lady)
Michelle Williams (My week with Marilyn)