Another round of living legends vs. young ingeues
Jacki Weaver, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Pro: Australia's own living legend (boy we have a lot of legends this season), Weaver got her due on the global stage with her fantastic turn in 2010's indie hit "Animal Kingdom." She surprised many by landing well deserved Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the performance. This year, "Playbook" is already a major awards contender and took home the audience award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Admittedly, Weaver has the least touted performance in the ensemble, but if the Academy goes nuts for the movie she could easily wide the wave.
Con: Again, Weaver didn't have as compelling an arc to play as co-stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence or Robert De Niro did. The Australian contingent adores her, but that may not be enough this time around.
- Gregory Ellwood