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As is traditional now that the Academy Award nominations have been announced, we’re profiling the nominees in each of the main categories and assessing their strengths and weaknesses going into the competition. We already profiled Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Today is ladies’ day, with the Best Supporting Actresses getting their turn. Whether scene-stealing, star-supporting or heartbreaking, these five are the chosen contenders for the Oscar. But who will go home empty-handed on the night?

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE - AMERICAN HUSTLE

Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

WHY SHE WILL WIN WHY SHE WON'T WIN
1. Her scenes goosed the whole film to life, adding in extra comedy and pathos to the more procedural elements. 1. She was a good decade (or even two) too young for the role she played, and while she was so entertaining that we barely cared, there’s an argument that she doesn’t really fit the film that well.
2. She won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA, was nominated for the SAG Awards. 2. She lost out to Nyong’o for the SAG prize, and the Globe isn’t that good an indicator of the likely Oscar winner.
3. Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence right now? She’s everybody’s sweetheart. 3. Two Oscar wins, from three nominations, by the age of 23?! That would just be offensive (she’d also be the fourth-youngest Supporting Actress winner ever if she took the prize).

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1 LETS GO NYONG'O!!!
Honestly, Nyong'o is the only really, really, really logical choice for best supporting actress. J Law and Julia Roberts already have oscars they can brag out. Sally Hawkins was the (ahem) "black sheep nod" for best supporting actress, so there will be confusion if she wins. so it really comes down to Squibb and Nyong'o. you can either make a star or reward a star for her long work in cinema. This really tares me to pieces. Squibb or Nyong'o hmmmmmmm........NYONG'O!!!!!! because 1) She winning all of the awards (except the Globes, who love J.Law) . 2) she's a young actress, this could give her a HUGE career boost. and 3) A good portion of voters like emotional performances (Kate Winslet in The Reader, Anne Hathaway in Les Mis, the list goes on) so that could factor. final choice, Nyong'o for those three reasons. More

Posted by Darren47 on Thursday January 23, 2014, 22:01

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I would give Award to Julia Roberts. Lawrence is young and talented but like with Portman after her oscar she was everyone's favorite and greatest actress of all time. Hell no. Lawrence did a great job but I think that role was not for her, Amy is older than Lawrence and she is supposed to be younger woman is Bale's character life..so... Julia did a great job opposite Meryl Streep and that's not easy job. They both won academy award for best actress in a leading role. More

Posted by bassbariton88 on Thursday January 23, 2014, 15:27

3 JENNIFER LAWRENCE
She was mint as that character! it was the best thing she's done, She will will I hope x More

Posted by ruddick on Thursday January 23, 2014, 12:18

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