Jessica Vs. Jennifer: Who'll Nab The Oscar? I Break It Down For You

Categories: Oscars

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From film.com
It's neck and neck between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Actress Oscar, and in hopes of deciding which of them will get it--to avoid a hideous embarrassment like last year--I'm going to lay out all their individual pros and cons.


JESSICA CHASTAIN

PROS:

She's very strong in Zero Dark Thirty.

Widely respected.

Was nominated last year.

Radiates dignity and gratitude when giving acceptance speeches.

With Mama and Zero, she has a one-two box office punch.


CONS:

Except for her big blowup scene, she doesn't have that many typical Oscar-style moments.

The movie's gotten a lot of backlash, constant controversy surrounding its content and methods. Chastain's odds could suffer as a result of that.


JENNIFER LAWRENCE

PROS:

She's terrific in Silver Linings Playbook.

The part lets her show range, and there are plenty of Oscar-style outbursts along the way.

Was nominated before.

Is part of a huge action franchise.

Is young.


CONS:

Maybe too young? (She'd be the second youngest Best Actress winner in Oscar history.)

Some people see the film as a glorified rom-com.

She was in The Beaver.


I'm still torn, but wait. I just realized one other pro for Lawrence: Behind her is Harvey Weinstein, who's quite adept at delivering Oscar product and then getting it the gold.

I'm going for J-La right now--but that might still change before February 24.



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