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Who Deserves the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role?

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This year's Academy Award nominees were announced Tuesday morning, meaning the weeks leading up to February 26 will be filled with rumors and speculation. Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" lead the list with 10 and 11 nominations respectively, but there were plenty of movies with multiple nominations. "Moneyball" and "The Descendants" did well, allowing Brad Pitt and George Clooney to vie for Best Actor.

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  • russian doll 2012/01/30 10:20:13
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    russian doll
    although naomi rapace was much much better.....i think mara should win,but she wont...they always give the awards to oldies....:(
  • sally 2012/01/28 07:21:13
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    sally
    This was really hard! I love Meryl Streep, I thought her performance was amazing as usual and she really deserves the long awaited win. But Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara just wowed me with their performances. I thought Michelle Williams was going to botch up the image of Marilyn Monroe but she just blew me away. I don't really like remakes but I thought I'd watch "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" because I'd read the book about two years ago and then barely saw the original movie last year with a couple of friends. I liked the other girl because she totally scared me with her performance but when I saw this new version of the movie Mara had this great impact on me that I don't get very often. She literally made me so scared that I almost started crying for Lisbeth whereas the other girl only scared me enough to be a little jumpy. I love how she wasn't afraid to go through a great transformation to become her character and I could really tell she had investigated well enough to turn into Lisbeth.

    Out of all of these actresses I can't choose just one. Whichever one it is I think I'll be happy with any result.
  • nadooi-8 2012/01/27 07:07:56
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    nadooi-8
    Need 2 see it !!!
  • wow-really 2012/01/26 19:39:10
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    wow-really
    While I would expect no less from Meryl and Glenn, as they are the most fantastic actors of their time, they've won before.
    But this girl here, did a phenominal job, and her performance was outstanding. Who knew?

    Rooney Mara then and now
    good luck to her. She sure does deserve it.
  • David (oYo) 2012/01/26 19:27:59
  • Abbie 2012/01/26 19:15:32
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Abbie
    she's hot! and a little scary. but still HOT! rooney mara girl with the dragon tattoo hot
  • ★misfit★ 2012/01/26 15:34:24
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    ★misfit★
    I haven't seen any of these movies, actually, but if I had to guess I'd say Meryl Streep. I've never seen anything she's NOT great in.
  • Devyne Luve 2012/01/26 15:03:02
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Devyne Luve
    +1
    She was too bony looking. Although I still picked ghis one. But the foreign one was wayyyyy!!!! Better!
  • ChrisK1969 2012/01/26 14:18:10
  • Sprout 2012/01/26 12:56:59
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Sprout
    what an awesome series!
  • Untouched 2012/01/26 12:25:21
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Untouched
    +1
    i gotta see it
  • Brianna Nicole 2012/01/26 05:19:22
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Brianna Nicole
    +1
    After reading what she had to go through for this role, I think she deserves best actress. She took on so much for this role mentally and physically. I think she did a really good job for the character she had to portray.
  • HipJipC 2012/01/26 04:53:04
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    HipJipC
    She is just so damn good!
  • NumptyNuts 2012/01/26 04:38:20
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    NumptyNuts
    Streep nailed it once again. The woman is a consummate actress
  • lol.sumthings.are.woth.it.lol 2012/01/26 03:27:50
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    lol.sumthings.are.woth.it.lol
    obviously the best choice obviously
  • giggity giggity 2012/01/26 02:57:28
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    giggity giggity
    +3
    She acting was amazing.
  • kerebail.ramakrishnachar 2012/01/26 01:52:37
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    kerebail.ramakrishnachar
    For her natural acting.
  • TorchwoodTrinity 2012/01/26 01:43:59
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    TorchwoodTrinity
    +2
    I am not really interested in the American version of Dragon Tattoo... The Trilogy was ALREADY DONE!!!!
  • Get Bashed 2012/01/26 01:31:45
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    Get Bashed
    +1
    WHY? Because it's Meryl Streep!
  • JayRevolution 2012/01/26 01:27:07
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    JayRevolution
    Only because I haven't seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.If it's amazing as everyone says it is, i would change my vote.
  • hannah 2012/01/26 01:18:53
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    hannah
    Viola Davis did such a good job in The Help ViolaDavis
  • Coat Jesta 2012/01/26 01:03:44
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    Coat Jesta
    i love this movie! she was amazing in it!
  • Keen Tojones 2012/01/26 00:52:06
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Keen Tojones
    She's such a natural.
  • Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    (¯`·._.·[Dear Maria]·._.·´¯)
    +1
    They're all great actresses
  • Calla Tor 2012/01/26 00:01:06
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Calla Tor
    She was too awesome for words.
  • TKramar 2012/01/25 22:56:01
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    TKramar
    +1
    Hell, I haven't seen any of these movies--I'm just wondering who "dead zombie girl" in the pic is. She needs a new cosmetologist.
  • barby k... TKramar 2012/01/26 00:07:34
    barby karring
    +1
    Picture of the girl with the dragon tattoo actress.
  • Little Fawn 2012/01/25 22:48:56
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Little Fawn
    +1
    Definitely.
  • Miko 2012/01/25 22:47:39
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    Miko
    Amazing
  • dzzshadz 2012/01/25 22:40:27
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    dzzshadz
    Wow loved her!!!
  • ellomotto 2012/01/25 22:36:30
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    ellomotto
    +2
    I lost all hope in the Oscars when Shakespeare In Love beat Saving Private Ryan in best movie... Saving Private Ryan
  • JohnT 2012/01/25 22:31:10
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    JohnT
    I have seen three out of the five but I must say that Rooney Mara was just really outstanding in her roll and based upon acting alone was fabulous.
  • Madi 2012/01/25 22:29:40
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Madi
    No doubt.
  • Quazar 2012/01/25 21:32:37
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Quazar
    Why the hell not?
  • Chloeeee 2012/01/25 21:02:15
  • Chloeeee Chloeeee 2012/02/11 22:10:35
    Chloeeee
    Now have changed my mind slightly, seen Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I have to say Rooney Mara is amazing in this, fair play.
  • freespirit 2012/01/25 20:54:53
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    freespirit
    Wow, good to see that the majority agree with me that it should be Rooney Mara. She did an unbelievable job of acting in that movie. I know she won't get it, but she deserves it.
  • have fork will travel 2012/01/25 20:50:04
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    have fork will travel
    Actually, that was a good job of doing "Atila the Hen."
  • lilkitty008 2012/01/25 20:06:39
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    lilkitty008
    Wtf
  • Tennessee3501 2012/01/25 19:55:10
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    Tennessee3501
    +2
    They will probably give it to Meryl Streep since she has not won since 1982 and she has become the "Susan Lucci" of the Oscars (always the bridesmaid, but never the bride). My only problem with Meryl is that the film was terrible. It was as though she was an impressionist giving her impression of Lady Thatcher. Viola Davis gave a real performance and not her impression of Hattie McDaniel. Rooney Mara, Michele Williams and Glenn Close were great also.

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