As theCannes Film Festivalwinds down,we regular people back in the States are starting to hear about the performances that'll be stunning us when they hit screens here.(And byregular people,I of course mean anyone who is not Blake Lively,specificallyBlake Lively at Cannes).Here are the female performances already sparking Oscar talk by the sea:

Jessica Chastain and Jess Weixler inThe Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyYes,that's Robin the investigator,Good Wifefans.She and Chastain—along with James McAvoy—headline this romance story told in three separate films from three separate perspectives: "Him," "Her," and "Them." (Them is the version that will be released in the U.S.) But wait,it gets better: Chastain and Weixlerare real-life BFFswho met at Juilliard and then lived in Santa Monica,Calif.,together.

Julianne Moore inMaps to the StarsMoore pays a past-her-prime actress in this drama about the dark side of Hollywood from David Cronenberg that costars Mia Wasikowska,John Cusack,and Robert Pattinson (joined by Canadian actress Sarah Gadon,who's also in the film,and Cronenberg,pictured center,above).


Christina Hendricks inLost RiverI love watching Hendricks' single-mom scenes as Joan onMad Men,so I'm excited to see her play a struggling mother in this drama—albeit in a land far from '60s Manhattan.Lost Riveris set in a crumbling Detroit neighborhood—and that'sdirectorRyan Gosling next to Hendricks.Saoirse Ronan costars.

Hilary Swank inThe HomesmanTommy Lee Jones directed and stars in this emotional Western,about a con man traveling with a frontierswoman (Swank) who's responsible for the transport of female mental patients.Meryl StreepandHailee Steinfeldare in it too.

Marion Cotillard inTwo Days,One NightCotillard's turn in thisNorma Rae-ish drama—it deals with one woman's weekend trying to reverse her employer's decision to fire her.The film is maybe the most buzzed-about entity out of the fest so far,so keep an eye on it.Suffice to say it's gonna be better thanSix Days,Seven Nights.(Anyone?)