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Naomi Watts - 'The Impossible'
Pro: Ever since Watts burst onto the scene in David Lynch's 2001 mind-bender "Mulholland Drive," it seems we've all been waiting for her to be embraced fully on the awards circuit. She did land a
nomination two years later (for "21 Grams"), but has been shut out for great work in everything from "King Kong" to "The Painted Veil." In "The Impossible," she probably has her best shot to date as a mother
under duress, fighting for her life and instinctively protective of her son in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
Con: Summit hasn't had much Oscar luck outside of "The Hurt Locker" and the premiere in Toronto didn't seem to ignite the sure-thing buzz some of us thought it might. And she kind of ends up spending half the
movie on her back and out of commission (which allows for big emotional moments from Tom Holland and Ewan McGregor).
- Kristopher Tapley