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Laura Dern ("Wild)
Pros: Dern was nominated in the lead category for "Rambling Rose" back in 1992. She's a three-time Golden Globe winner and a fixture in the independent film community. Her performance as Cheryl Strayed's mother in "Wild" has earned praise from critics since the film debuted at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival.
Cons: Dern's character is seen only in flashbacks and at times feels like more of an extended cameo than a supporting performance. Will that hurt it with the Actors Branch? Also, and somewhat surprisingly, she's only been nominated for a SAG Award once in her illustrious career (you'd expect more).
- Gregory Ellwood