'A Mighty Heart'

<b>Contender:</b> Angelina Jolie<br>
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<b>Promise:</b> Starring in an adaptation of the book by the widow of slain journalist Daniel Pearl seemed the perfect vehicle for Angelina Jolie, combining her interest in international humanitarian work with her intense acting style. Then, following a dazzling premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was released in the summer, labeled a downer and promptly flopped.<br>
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<b>Weakness:</b> And then, slowly but surely, Jolie’s performance, if not the film itself, seemed to be climbing back into the awards race as it began picking up key nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes and the Independent Spirit Awards. (That's what true star power, and people really wanting you on their red carpet, can do.) And then, come Oscar-nom morning, nothing.
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Contender: Angelina Jolie

Promise: Starring in an adaptation of the book by the widow of slain journalist Daniel Pearl seemed the perfect vehicle for Angelina Jolie, combining her interest in international humanitarian work with her intense acting style. Then, following a dazzling premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was released in the summer, labeled a downer and promptly flopped.

Weakness: And then, slowly but surely, Jolie’s performance, if not the film itself, seemed to be climbing back into the awards race as it began picking up key nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes and the Independent Spirit Awards. (That's what true star power, and people really wanting you on their red carpet, can do.) And then, come Oscar-nom morning, nothing.

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