The biggest night in the film award circuit is still seven months away. But everyone knows the Oscars never stay silent for long and the films that look likely to be in contention for one of those coveted gold statues are starting to make their mark. Britain has a good few contenders in amongst the Best Actress pack including Emily Blunt, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren.

Emily Blunt
Could Emily Blunt's talents be recognised in the Oscar 2015 nomination list?

Emily Blunt stars in Into the Woods, a musical fantasy adapted from the highly-acclaimed Tony-award winning Broadway musical by Steven Sondheim and James Lapine. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it marks Disney’s first theatrical adaptation of a Broadway musical.

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Set in an alternate world of various Grimm Tales, Blunt plays the baker’s wife, who learns she has been cursed childless by a witch and must delve deep into the woods to break the spell.

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren plays Madame Mallory in The Hundred-Foot Journey

Helen Mirren is obviously a home-grown favourite and is in with the top-tier contenders for the 2015 Oscar list for her turn in The Hundred-Foot Journey. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Richard C. Morais, Mirren plays Madame Mallory, an uptight chef in a French restaurant who struggles to adapt her cooking and her tastes to meet those of a traditional Indian family that move to her village.

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