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

Film 2012/01/24 18:19:02
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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.

We put together a Quick Vote poll for the major categories so you can find your way around the nominations and get involved in the discussion right away. If you'd like to see a full list of categories and nominations -- Supporting Actors, Cinematography, Costume Design -- the official Oscars website has it here.
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  • andrea_marie 2012/01/25 19:47:00
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    andrea_marie
    +1
    Meryl Streep.
    Duh. Does this even need to be discussed?
  • Twinky 2012/01/25 19:46:11
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    Twinky
  • Mmetcalf 2012/01/25 19:41:26
    Michelle Williams ("My Week with Marilyn")
    Mmetcalf
    +1
    I dont know who these people are and I don't know who I think so I just picked Michelle Williams!!!
  • RV ~ The Peacekeeper of PHAET 2012/01/25 19:35:06 (edited)
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    RV ~ The Peacekeeper of PHAET
    +3
    Actually, the other Lisbeth. Noomi Rapace is the better actress. She was more Swedish and by that more like Stieg Larrsen described her in the novels.



    noomi rapace

    lisbeth and mikael
  • carolin... RV ~ Th... 2012/01/29 17:06:42
    caroline.albrectsen
    +2
    -.- just because she's swedish don't mean that she's a better actress... I've read all the books in the original swedish and I have to say that Rooney Mara IS Lisbeth, Noomi Repace's Lisbeth is just too normal and not impressive - Rooney really stepped out of the box :)
  • RV ~ Th... carolin... 2012/01/30 18:50:56
    RV ~ The Peacekeeper of PHAET
    I disagree. I had exactly the opposite expression. I think Noomi was the better actress which is not only because she´s Swedish. She´s more like I imagined Lisbeth after reading the books but that´s okay, I guess. Everyone has another taste and another image of how Lisbeth should be/look like. :)
  • Vieuphoria 2012/01/25 18:56:01
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Vieuphoria
    Without doubt.
  • Michael 2012/01/25 18:37:41
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Michael
    She was incredible, not using the easy acting tricks. I can't really take "her" out of her role, that's a true measure!
  • ..tisha... 2012/01/25 18:29:43 (edited)
    Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs")
    ..tisha...
    +1
    This was a great movie, and Glenn Close did a brilliant job.
  • Jenna ☮♡ッ 2012/01/25 18:17:52
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Jenna ☮♡ッ
    Rooney Mara is an incredible actress, I loved her in this movie.
  • Rebecca 2012/01/25 18:14:41
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    Rebecca
    +1
    Meryl Streep, because she is ALWAYS the best actress!
  • charles nelson 2012/01/25 18:09:30
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    charles nelson
    I love Nordic women
  • Jorge Enriquez 2012/01/25 18:06:22
    Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs")
    Jorge Enriquez
    They don´t want to accept that Meryl it´s the best, if they give the Oscar to her..is a way of accept.....Rooney great actress but "Nomination is her award"..ooh..Michelle, Viola and Glenn..so great...all had been nominated...and all of them deserve it...maybe Glenn sixth nomination (last in 1988!!), never wins Oscar...great movie...maybeee,
    Just: Meryl the Best!!
  • kjp 2012/01/25 17:15:12
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    kjp
    who the hell is half of these, all U know is Meryl Streep?
  • Sully kjp 2012/01/25 21:31:57
    Sully
    Rooney Mara- sister of actress Kate Mara - heir to the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers ownership.
    Viola Davis - she is the dispatcher in the "Jesse Stone"(Tom Selleck) movie series.
    Glenn Close - best known for her rabbit killing psycho in "Fatal Attraction" and Cruella in 101 Dalmations.
    Michelle Williams - twice nominated as best actress- Best known as Heath Ledger's ex girlfriend and mother to thier child.
    and well, you know who Meryl is. All are great actresses - only one will win.
  • geegee 2012/01/25 17:10:34
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    geegee
    Viola Davis was wonderful in "The Help."
  • findthelight2000 2012/01/25 16:51:36
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    findthelight2000
    As always, Meryl Streep shines through with another brilliant performance.
  • eric olsen 2012/01/25 16:50:48
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    eric olsen
    I think rooney mara deserves the oscar for best actress in a leading role
  • cardgirl2 2012/01/25 16:45:40
    Michelle Williams ("My Week with Marilyn")
    cardgirl2
    +1
    I saw My Week with Marilyn, and liked it...Thought Michelle Williams did a tremendous job with her interpretation of Marilyn Monroe, but she won't get the Oscar, Meryl Streep will for The Iron Lady...I won't see it because it it basically a hatchet job of a very interesting and complicated woman who fought the male establishment in Britain with all her might. I am really not interested in most of the movies out there...I will not be watching the Oscars this year...Hate it...all the flourish, all the B.S., and all the back biting of these self indulging overpaid stars who tell other people how to live and they crawl back into their mansions and hide...I have absolutely no respect for about 98% of them...except a few who shall remain nameless...they are the few conservatives in this liberal town of Hollywood...
  • Franklin 2012/01/25 16:36:53
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    Franklin
    anybody but Streep! Viola Davis would be refreshing for a change.
  • Sully 2012/01/25 16:35:23
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Sully
    +1
    "Lisbeth" was a far more difficult role to play than any of the others by far. Not to take anything away from the other performances, but this is an easy one. Though, due to Streep's overall popularity, she'll probably win.
  • Cathy 2012/01/25 16:27:14
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    Cathy
    Viola Davis was great!
  • miranda monet 2012/01/25 16:26:50
    Michelle Williams ("My Week with Marilyn")
    miranda monet
    My week with Marilyn is a great movie . I believe Marilyn Monroe would be estaic on seeing that she is still have a influence on people years after she died. I myself wouldv'e love to just sit & talk to Marilyn ,get to know the girl Hollywood left behind. The true Marilyn.
  • NancyR1 2012/01/25 16:12:37
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    NancyR1
    Because she is always Exceptional. Brava!
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/01/25 15:10:37
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    I'm not usually a big fan of Streep, but from the trailer, she really captures the spirit and strong will of Thatcher. After that, I would go with Michelle Williams as MM.
  • nana g 2012/01/25 15:06:16
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    nana g
    I thought she was incredible in this film. My second choice is Viola Davis. At this point, I think Meryl Streep would like to see someone else win this award.
  • Kenken 2012/01/25 14:58:31
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    Kenken
    +1
    OMG this girl is amazing
  • Kgirlonfire 2012/01/25 14:49:31
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    Kgirlonfire
    I loved this movie!
  • fred giordano 2012/01/25 14:29:36
    Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
    fred giordano
    +1
    very, very talented young actress; she'll be around for a long time if she chooses to remain in the biz; all talented actresses here but her perf. was exceptional; in fairness did not see all of the performances nominated here/
  • Happy_Evil_Dude 2012/01/25 12:23:50
    Viola Davis ("The Help")
    Happy_Evil_Dude
    the only one I've seen
  • harold ramis 2012/01/24 22:22:30
    Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady")
    harold ramis
    i hope that ugly bitch rooney mara doesn't win
  • sevy harold ... 2012/01/25 14:16:45
    sevy
    ugly bitch?????? You must think Meryl Streep is a Hottie...
  • Franklin sevy 2012/01/25 16:40:13
    Franklin
    Streep is the ugly bitch - she exudes an arrogance and snottiness (ugly on the inside) on talk shows that causes one to exercise the remote control. Can't stand her and won't go see any movies and if I were Margaret Thatcher(Julia Child for that matter), I'd be insulted to be cartoonized by this over-rated piece of work. But I'll hold back on how I really feel.....
  • harold ... Franklin 2012/01/25 22:01:16
    harold ramis
    i uess u didn't hear rooney trash the nightmare on elm street movie
  • harold ... sevy 2012/01/25 22:00:43
    harold ramis
    when she was younger
  • Jalex 2012/01/24 21:07:31
    Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs")
    Jalex
    +1
    I haven't seen 'My Week with Marilyn', but I seriously doubt it would change my mind. As for Close's performance, one can really tell she put all her heart into it. Women don't often enough get a chance to shine, but that's exactly what she does here.
  • Aqua Su... Jalex 2012/01/25 15:13:45
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    Glenn Close doesn't do bad work. I can't think of a single performance of hers that was less than stellar.
  • Voicedude 2012/01/24 20:30:16
    Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs")
    Voicedude
    +1
    Am I the ONLY one who has seen all five performances?
    Those who haven't seen at least three shouldn't vote!
  • Aqua Su... Voicedude 2012/01/25 15:12:23
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    I'm voting on the strength of the trailers; not all of us can afford to shovel out big bucks to see a movie in this economy.
  • Voicedude Aqua Su... 2012/01/25 19:21:35 (edited)
    Voicedude
    As a voting SAG member, I did NOT have to shell out big bucks.
    Not for the nominated movies, anyway....

    And I do stand on that principle when I vote, btw!
    Even I can't see everything!

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