Best Actress nominee: Naomi Watts, 'The Impossible'

Watts, as a tsunami victim clinging to both life and hope in the wake of an almost unfathomable disaster, gave a performance for the ages in a film that had surprisingly little impact, largely disappearing from theaters within weeks. Watts is going to win an Oscar someday -- how many other actresses could play second banana to a 50-foot gorilla, as she did in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" remake, and still be regarded as a serious actress? But, this isn't her year.
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