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7. Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit" (2010)
Last year young Hailee Steinfeld captured the hearts of Oscar voters and landed an Academy Award nomination for her feisty work opposite Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in the Coen brothers' remake "True Grit." She was a real find, the result, naturally, of exhaustive auditioning, and what the sibling filmmakers got was a firecracker of a performance. Steinfeld lends a steely resolve to her character, balanced with the appropriate naïveté. She flirted with the possibility of a lead nomination for her work, but, well, the season is a silly place where true leads are reduced to supporting consideration each and every year.