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Jennifer Lawrence - 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Pro: Only 22-years-old, the "Hunger Games" superstar has already received Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations for her role in 2010's "Winter's Bone." Lawrence has also impressed with supporting performances in "The Burning Plain," "Like Crazy" and "The Beaver." It's her work in David O. Russell's "Playbook," which won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival this year, which may be her most impressive to date. And, of course, Russell has some success with Oscar having just guided Christian Bale and Melissa Leo to wins in "The Fighter."
Con: It would honestly be shocking if Lawrence isn't nominated, especially with such a weak field this year. The question is really whether she's the frontrunner or not.
- Gregory Ellwood