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Maggie Smith, 1969, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. (AP Photo/Staff/Dear))

People are gearing up for the 87th Academy Awards, taking place this Sunday (February 22), planning house parties, making predictions and even placing friendly wagers with office pools. It’s a good year to be British in the leading actor and actress categories, with Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosamund Pike, and Felicity Jones all vying for top awards.

If you’re not 100 percent sure if you want to bet on a Brit, why not get acquainted with the lengthy list of English actors who have won in previous years:

George Arliss, 1929, Disraeli (AP Photo)
George Arliss was the first English actor to take home an Oscar for his performance in Disraeli in 1930. (AP Photo)
Charles Laughton, 1933, The Private Life of Henry VIII. (AP Photo/Edward S. Kitch)
Charles Laughton won an Oscar for his performance in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). (AP Photo/Edward S. Kitch)
Bette Davis and Victor McLaglen are shown after winning their Oscars at the 1935 Academy Awards banquet held at the Biltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca., on March 5, 1936.  Davis was named best actress for her role in "Dangerous," and McLaglen won best actor for his performance in "The Informer."   (AP Photo) The Informer, 1935
Bette Davis and English actor Victor McLaglen both won Oscars at the 1936 Academy Awards. McLaglen won Best Actor for his performance in The Informer and Davis took home the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Dangerous. (AP Photo)
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. 1935, Gone with the Wind. (AP Images)
Vivien Leigh, with husband Laurence Olivier, won two Oscars for her performances in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Olivier took home an Oscar in 1949 for his performance in Hamlet. (AP Images)
British actress Glynis Johns, 24, and actor Robert Donat arrive at the Carlton Theater in London, England, November 13, 1947, for the premiere of Sir Alexander Korda's film version of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband". Glynis Johns appears in the film.  (AP Photo) 1938, Citadel
Robert Donat, seen here with British actress Glynis Johns, took home the gong for his performance in Mr. Chips (1939). (AP Photo)
Ray Milland is seen here with his family. He was the first Welsh actor to win an Oscar in 1946 for his role in The Lost Weekend (1945). (AP Photo)
Ray Milland is seen here with his family. He was the first Welsh actor to win an Oscar in 1946 for his role in The Lost Weekend (1945). (AP Photo)
Actors, from left to right, Al Jolson, Douglas Fairbanks, Eddie Cantor, Ronald Colman (behind Cantor) and producer Samuel Goldwyn, use this unique telephone in front of Mary Pickford's bungalow at a Hollywood studio on Aug. 23, 1932 to announce the making of a new motion picture.  Miss Pickford is by the mouthpiece.  (AP Photo) 1947. A Double Life
Ronald Colman (standing second from right, with moustache) is seen with Al Jolson, Douglas Fairbanks, Eddie Cantor, Mary Pickford and producer Samuel Goldwyn. Colman had an Oscar to put on his mantle after appearing in A Double Life (1947). (AP Photo)
Joan Fontaine, Gary Cooper, 1942, Suspicion
Joan Fontaine, with Gary Cooper, holds her Oscar after winning at the 1942 Academy Awards for her role as Lina opposite Cary Grant in Suspicion (1941). (AP Photo)
Greer Garson, 1942, Mrs. Miliver
Greer Garson gets cheeky sat between Walter Pidgeon and Ronald Coleman at the 1943 Academy Awards after winning an Oscar for her role in Mrs. Miniver. (AP Photo)
Olivia de Havilland, two wins 1946 and 1950.  (AP Photo/Marcus Goodrich)
Olivia de Havilland is seen at home reading through a script. The English actress won two Oscars in both 1947 and 1950 for her roles in To Each His Own and The Heiress, respectively. (AP Photo/Marcus Goodrich)
Young actress Audrey Hepburn attends the opening of her first motion picture "Roman Holiday" with a star-studded escort; seen from left are: songwriter Cole Porter, composer Irving Berlin and producer Don Hartman, on September 19, 1953, in Hollywood, California. (AP Photo)
Audrey Hepburn attends the opening of her first motion picture Roman Holiday with (from left) songwriter Cole Porter, composer Irving Berlin and producer Don Hartman in 1953. Hepburn took home the Oscar for Best Actress in 1954. (AP Photo)
Alec Guinness, 1957, The Bridge Over Kwai. (Sipa via AP Images)
Alec Guinness is seen in his Oscar-winning role, as Colonel Nicholson, in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). (Sipa via AP Images)
Actor David Niven sits in an arched window in the bar of his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., March 23, 1959 and quietly passes the time with a book. Mountains form an interesting backdrop for his home. (AP Photo) 1958, Separate Tables
Actor David Niven sits in an arched window in the bar of his home. Niven won Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables (1958). (AP Photo)
Elizabeth Taylor won her first award in 1961 for Butterfield 8 (1960) and then second in 1967 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966). (AP Photo/File)
Elizabeth Taylor won her first award in 1961 for Butterfield 8 (1960) and then second in 1967 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966). (AP Photo/File)
British actor Rex Harrison relaxes on the set of "My Fair Lady" on March 2, 1964. (AP Photo)
Rex Harrison relaxes on the set of My Fair Lady in 1965, which he won Best Actor. (AP Photo)
Julie Andrews is seen admiring the Oscar she won for Mary Poppins in 1965. (AP Photo)
Julie Andrews is seen admiring the Oscar she won for Mary Poppins in 1965. (AP Photo)
British actress Julie Christie kisses the Oscar she won as best actress for her role as the man-hungry model in "Darling," April 19, 1966, in Santa Monica.  (AP Photo)
Julie Christie kisses the Oscar she won in 1966 for her role as the man-hungry model in Darling (1965). (AP Photo)
Maggie Smith, 1969, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. (AP Photo/Staff/Dear))
Maggie Smith gets doted on while preparing for a scene. Smith took home Best Actress for her role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). (AP Photo/Staff/Dear)
British actor Paul Scofield poses with dog in the yard of his home at Balcombe, England on April 11, 1967. Scofield has just won an Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Thomas more in ?A man for all seasons.? (AP Photo) 1966. A Man for All Seasons
Paul Scofield is seen at home with his pup in Balcombe, England in 1967. Scofield had just won an Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (1966). (AP Photo)
British actress Glenda Jackson holds her Oscar award which she won for her performance in the film ?women is love? after she presented with it in April 1971 in London by Hal B. Wallis, a member of the board of governors of the motion picture academy of arts and sciences. (AP Photo/Robert Dear)
Glenda Jackson won Best Actress for both Women in Love (1970) and A Touch of Class (1973). (AP Photo/Robert Dear)
Peter Finch (British born Australian) won in 1977 for Network (1976)
English-born/Australian Peter Finch won Best Actor in 1977 for Network (1976). (Rex Features via AP Images)
Meryl Streep and Ben Kingsley, named best actress and best actor respectively, show off their Oscars backstage at the 55th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., April 12, 1983.  (AP Photo)
American actress Meryl Streep and Ben Kingsley hold their Oscars proudly. Kingsley took home the award for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi (1982). Kingsley shared the stage with Streep who won Best Actress for her performance in Sophie’s Choice. (AP Photo)
Actress Jessica Tandy holds up the Oscar she won for her role in "Driving Miss Daisy," at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 26, 1990.  (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
Actress Jessica Tandy holds up the Oscar she won for her role in Driving Miss Daisy (1989). (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
Actor Daniel Day Lewis holds his Oscar for best actor for his performance in "My Left Foot" at 62nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles Monday night, March 27, 1990. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac) 1990, My Left Foot
English-born/Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis is holds his first Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in My Left Foot (1989). Day-Lewis is a three-time Oscar winner with additional trophies for his performances in There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012). (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Actor Jeremy Irons arrives at the Shrine Auditrium in los Angeles for the 63rd Annual Academy Awards March 25, 1991.          Irons received the Oscar for best actor for "Reversal of Fortune."    (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill) 1991, Reversal of Fortune
Jeremy Irons arrives at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for the 63rd Annual Academy Awards in 1991. Irons received the Oscar for Best Actor for Reversal of Fortune (1990). (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill)
Sir Anthony Hopkins points to the Oscar that Emma Thompson is holding for her win as Best Actress for her work in "Howards End" at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles Monday, March 30, 1993.  (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Sir Anthony Hopkins points to the Oscar that Emma Thompson is holding for her win as Best Actress for her work in Howards End (1992). Hopkins took home a Best Actor Oscar the previous year for his performance in Silence of the Lambs. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
British actress Helen Mirren accepts the Oscar for best actress for her work in "The Queen" the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Helen Mirren is pleased to accept the Oscar for Best Actress for her work in The Queen (2006). (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
**EMBARGOED AT THE REQUEST OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FOR USE UPON CONCLUSION OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS TELECAST**British actress Kate Winslet holds the Oscar for best actress for her work in "The Reader"  during the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Kate Winslet wins Best Actress for her work in The Reader (2008). Winslet isn’t shy to hold her Oscar high in the sky. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Colin Firth, an Academy Award nominee for Best Actor for his performance in "A Single Man," arrives at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) 2010, The King's Speech
Colin Firth takes home the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in The King’s Speech (2010) starring opposite Helena Bonham Carter. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Right, now that you’ve gone through the list, who’s your money on this year?

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By Brigid Brown