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No sooner will the bell be ringing for 2013, than the glittering and good of the entertainment world will be brushing off their tuxes, practising their good-loser grins and optimistically clearing a spot on the mantelpiece.

And the good news is... there are a whole bunch of British names in the mix. Here's a quick run-down of the cinematic horses with their noses out front at the moment, along with our best home-grown hopes...

Best Actor

Hugh Jackman - Shows his vulnerable side, emaciated frame, not to mention a deep well of a singing voice, to heartbreaking effect in 'Les Miserables'

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Tour de force as a religious cult leader who may or may not be Scientology-influenced

Joaquin Phoenix - Equally effective in 'The Master', but could this double-whammy split the vote a la Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in 'Thelma and Louise'?

Denzel Washington »

- Caroline Frost

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