From Penelope Cruz to Rachel Weisz to Emily Blunt what a weak class it is
Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, "Precious: Based on Push a Novel by Sapphire"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: The first-time actress is devestating in harrowing a role that the believability of the entire film hinges on. Sidibe could also benefit from a groundswell of support for "Precious" if its embraced by the Academy as many expect
Cons: Is Sinoude playing "Precious" or is she playing herself? Some in the acting branch may question whether she's truly deserving of a nod precisely because she's never been seen in anything else.