Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Supporting Actress

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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…

Why She Will Win

She’s pant-wettingly funny in Bridesmaids, scoring the best lines and sharing the best scenes with Kristen Wiig. ![]%28/images/uploaded/oscarwin.jpg%29 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. ![]%28/images/uploaded/oscarloss.jpg%29 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.
Why She Will Win

With roles in nearly every noteworthy film of 2011 %28OK, so five of them%29, she’s officially So Hot Right Now. ![]%28/images/uploaded/oscarwin.jpg%29 Among The Help’s shallow social butterflies, she’s the convincingly classy one. Dismissed as the others as a money-grabbing social climber, she displays more grace than any of her detractors and brings both tragedy and comedy to the film, especially in her scenes with Spencer. As her Vanity Fair cover proves, she’ll bring old-school glamour to the speeches.


Why She Won't Win

She’s better in The Tree Of Life and wasn’t even nominated for that. ![]%28/images/uploaded/oscarloss.jpg%29 If anyone wins for The Help in this category, it’ll surely be Octavia Spencer. With so many films out in the past 12 months, has she spread herself a little thin?
Why She Will Win

The Geordie actress is arguably even better than her more heralded co-star, Glenn Close, in the film. The Academy likes to reward bold, socially-aware performances. As a woman passing for a man to survive on the streets of 19th century Ireland, McTeer