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Viola Davis, "The Help"
Pro: Many critics praised the former best supporting actress nominee ("Doubt") for single handedly carrying a picture which has more cliche or awkward moments than most moviegoers want to remember. To be blunt, Davis is heartbreaking in the blockbuster drama bringing a sense of realism missing from other storylines in the film. And, frankly, it would be a huge surprise not to see her in the nominee circle. She has an excellent shot at winning it all.
Con: There would have to be a huge backlash against "The Help" for Davis not to make the cut.