Coming around to the final of the four acting categories this season, Best Supporting Actress isn't as jam-packed as the Best Supporting Actor field, but it's pretty dense in its own right. What's more, while it's not exactly "wide" open, there is room to navigate and we could end up with a surprise or two.

Like a few of the other acting categories, there is also an opportunity to populate this race with women of color: there are five African-American actresses with a legitimate shot at recognition. We could also see the script flipped on Oscar history as a voice-only performance continues to get a lot of support, at least from the critical fraternity.

So have a look at what we're thinking via the gallery story below. And feel free to offer up your thoughts in the comments section. Also, if you haven't already, go ahead and sign up to make your own predictions and see how you do at the end of the season.

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.