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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Supporting Actress
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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It’s that time of year again, as Hollywood’s finest find themselves, with alarming regularity, donning outfits that cost more than your house and jewellery worth more than you will earn in a lifetime. But awards season is all building to one supreme event, the Empire Awards Oscars on February 26. Ahead of that milestone, we assess the chances of each nominee in the major categories, and see who’s looking good ahead of the big night…

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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Supporting Actress | Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Why She Will Win

  She’s pant-wettingly funny in Bridesmaids, scoring the best lines and sharing the best scenes with Kristen Wiig.
  With a Hollywood Reporter cover and a doormat no doubt buried under a mountain of scripts, she’s so hot right now.
  There’s a recession, a Republican presidential campaigns and another Adam Sandler movie to contend with. Comedy’s time may have come.

 


 

 Why She Won't Win

  Comic performance don’t win Oscars. You’d have to go back to Marisa Tomei and My Cousin Vinny in 1991 to find the last one to score in this category.
  She hasn’t had the chance to prove her dramatic chops yet. Hollywood likes to reward versatility.
  It’s been a while since anyone won an Oscar for pooing in a sink. In fact, we’re struggling to think of a single other example.
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1 Mira Sorvino...
...is the last actress to win this award for a comic performance in Mighty Aprodite (1996). For I am a twat! More

Posted by Hywel on Thursday February 16, 2012, 17:29

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Bérénice Bejo not being nominated for Best Actress is baffling. I guess they had to make it easier for Meryl "nominated for reading her shopping list" Streep to win. Also, Melissa Yeo? Is that Michelle Yeo's sister? More

Posted by loafroaster on Thursday February 16, 2012, 15:26


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