Is July too early to be predicting who'll be in the running for next year's Best Actress Oscar?

Not when we're getting our first glimpses of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady' and Glenn Close as a Victorian woman passing as a man in 'Albert Nobbs.'

Can there be any doubt these two will be going head to head at the 2012 Academy Awards? The race will very likely come down to these two powerhouses, but we've got a pretty good idea who else might get a nomination, even though most of their films haven't even opened yet.

Read on for our best guesses for the 2012 Best Actress race.
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