BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: Jessica Chastain, 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Despite an already impressive resume, Chastain has only recently discovered her much deserved recognition. Not only can she be seen later this month in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced thriller Mama, but her star-making turn as an obsessed CIA agent in the true-to-life critical darling Zero Dark Thirty will no doubt carry some statues come award season. Strong, real-life female lead? Check. An Academy Award-winning director in Kathryn Bigelow? Check. A hard-hitting drama about the post-9/11 hunt for Osama bin Laden? Check. You couldn’t hand-tailor a better nomination if you tried. Chances of winning: Absurdly High