Oscar Watch: Predicting Best Actress

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With our recent Oscar Watch: Predicting Best Supporting Actress column, we made our pick for those sharing the spotlight in their films. Now, we're ready for a close-up on the leading ladies of cinema 2012.

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Well, I've seen Chastain's, Lawrence's and Watts's performances, and without any doubt Watts deserves the Oscar more than the other two. But, yes, the award will come down to Lawrence or Chastain, especially Lawrence.
Should win: Naomi Watts
Will win: Jennifer Lawrence


Sadly, I think your assessment is right on the money. Should win: Jessica Chastain
Will win: Jennifer Lawrence


I have not seen any of Jennifer Lawrence's films, and I am sure she is an excellent actress, but it would be the height of stupidity for the Academy to reward her for "Silver Linings Playbook" merely because they want to kiss up to the audience that saw "The Hunger Games". Oscars should be awarded for the performance that the actor is nominated for, not for any ulterior motive.