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Jessica Chastain, "The Tree of Life"
Pro: The first of Chastain's five releases in 2011, her role as a mother trying to give her sons love under a demanding father in 1950's middle America is one of her best. There is also quiet, but significant support for "The Tree of Life" throughout the industry (or so it seems).
Con: Will the Academy favor her work in "The Help" instead? Or, will support for both films cancel each other out and leave one of America's most impressive new finds on the sidelines?