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Kate Beckinsale, "Everybody's Fine"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: Beckinsale has been trying like crazy to return to the dramatic and respected roles that were the signature of the early days of her career ("The Last Days of Disco," "Laurel Canyon"). If her arc as one of Robert De Niro's daughters in "Everybody's Fine" equals something truly memorable she's well liked enough in the industry to find herself getting awards season love. But...
Cons: ...nobody knows yet whether "Fine" is a true Oscar contender or a dramedy pretender. Until that's settled, you can put a big old question mark next to Beckinsale's possible contention.
[Left, Kate Beckinsale and Robert De Niro in a scene from "Everybody's Fine."]