Oscars 2014: Guide to the Best Actress nominees

MANILA, Philippines – Just a few more days to the Academy Awards! Before the big day, let's take a look at the acting categories and see who's up for the biggest prizes of the evening.

The competition in the Best Actress category is tough, as it appears to populated by veteran actresses: Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett have several nods under their belts already, and have won statues in the past, and this year marks Meryl Streep's astounding 18th nomination. Amy Adams is the only actress with no Oscar, though she's been nominated 5 times. Sandra Bullock has only had two nominations, but she won Best Actress on her first try. 

Let's get right into it: 

Amy Adams, American Hustle