(UPDATED: NOVEMBER 24, 2014)
At this writing, Supporting Actress has emerged as a tight-knit race. Patricia Arquette is the only one that seems assured. Jessica Chastain‘s work in “A Most Violent Year” is something of a winning turn, Emma Stone is a prayer from the Oscar gods, Keira Knightley will ride in with her film, Carmen Ejogo is astounding in her work, and Meryl Streep delivers her best since “The Devil Wears Prada.” And then there’s possibly Carrie Coon, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and perhaps a second entry from “Woods” from Anna Kendrick.
FOR HER: She is lined up to have another outstanding here with "Eleanor Rigby," "Interstellar," and this. The people behind her are gunning for a nomination and perhaps an overdue win.
AGAINST HER: She could vote split with herself or get edged out by other ladies. She also could be in the supporting race for "Interstellar."
FOR HER: Has made a year of getting critics and audiences to notice how well she can really act with "Camp X-Ray" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." Can she get pulled in with Moore a la Sally Hawkins?
AGAINST HER: There is a lot of competition ahead of her. Plus, will the Academy take this once tween hearthrob seriously?
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