Oscar-nominee Charlize Theron has tipped Reese Witherspoon or Felicity Huffman to beat her to the Actress In A Leading Role Academy Award.

The North Country actress, who won the same award in 2004 for her star turn in Monster, is convinced she won't repeat the feat and would like to see WALK THE LINE star Witherspoon or Transamerica's Huffman receive the honour.

She says, "I love Reese and it's definitely her year. It feels like Felicity Huffman's year too. I think it's between those two.

"I'm not thinking about winning at all."

The 78th annual Academy Awards will be take place on 5 March (06).