Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway: Favorite Female Movie Performances (PHOTOS)

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2012 was an amazing year for movies, anchored by some of the best female performances in recent years.

Where in the past actresses have found enormous success perhaps primarily in supporting roles, this year they took center stage, not simply keeping pace with their male co-stars but outshining them and showing Hollywood that women can command the screen every bit as effectively as men.

Celebuzz assembled a shortlist of some of our favorite female performances, all of which were hugely significant in the films from which they came. From Jennifer Lawrence to Jessica Chastain to Anne Hathaway, check out our list!

Lawrence proved to be the year’s MVP, with not one but two fantastic performances, in The Hunger Games and then again in Silver Linings Playbook.

But she was hardly the only woman to prove her mettle on the silver screen. Chastain and Hathaway continue to dominate high-rpofile roles and prove they deserve them, even as newcomers like Quvenzhane Wallis and Brit Marling establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with.

Watch The trailer for Silver Linings Playbook below, and let us know which female performance was your favorite in 2012!

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