Portman, Swinton, Lawrence, Bening, Kidman, Manville, Hathaway, Williams: who gets left out?
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Pro: She earned raves for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner which was a surprise indie hit over the summer. Roadside sent out a screener very early. A strategy that helped Sony Classics land a best actress nod for Melissa Leo in 2009.
Con: She's shooting outside the country for almost the entire season and while "Bone" did very strongly for Roadside, more members have likely seen her competitors films. She needs major critical and SAG support to make the five.