Streep_big Could Patricia Arquette steal this one in a slow year? That's not to take anything away from the performance, it's just that beautiful nuanced work like that always seems against the ropes and at the whim of inferior "baity" contenders. Though there are a few of those — Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep — but lots of excitement elsewhere. Emma Stone would make an inspired nominee and Jessica Chastain looks to be in better shape with "A Most Violent Year" than "Interstellar." Laura Dern has to push past being an extended (if well-utilized) cameo and Sienna Miller will be playing in a historically familiar key for supporting actress contenders.

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