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Berenice Bejo in The Artist Jes­sica Chas­tain in The Help Melissa Mccarthy in Brides­maids Janet Mcteer in Al­bert Nobbs Oc­tavia Spencer in The Help You can still thank ev­ery­one on Youtube, you know: Win­ning a nom­i­na­tion for a comedic role is a vic­tory in it­self for Mccarthy. Nev­er­the­less, the Academy needs to get over its tire­some prej­u­dice against the art of laugh­ter. Though Mcteer has been here be­fore ( a 2000 best ac­tress nom for

Tum­ble­weeds), the re­spected Brit is up against a who- the- heck- is- she? fac­tor that just won’t quit.

De­serves to win, but won’t: Even if you think the whole silent, black- and- white thing is an all- out gim­mick, there can be no deny­ing

The Artist was all the bet­ter for the ir­re­sistible pos­i­tiv­ity with which Bejo at­tacked her role. Chas­tain has emerged from nowhere in the past year to be­come one of the best in the busi­ness. Should re­ally have been up for best

ac­tress for Tree of Life.

And the win­ner is . . . Oc­tavia Spencer. Looks al­most a for­mal­ity that The Help will be land­ing the Ac­tress daily dou­ble. The re­doubtable Spencer dom­i­nated ev­ery scene that came her way. She not only held firm in some tough dra­matic mo­ments, but also dis­pensed the film’s much­needed doses of light re­lief. Un­beat­able.

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