Could this be the year's most competitive category?
Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"
Pro: A wickedly smart turn by the veteran Aussie actress arguably saved the second half of David Michod's indie thriller. Sony Classics is already pushing her big time by making it one of the first screeners in Academy members hands.
Con: She's barely known in the U.S. and "Kingdom" did good, but not great business on the art house circuit. A Golden Globe nod would be huge for her cause.