Two past Oscar winners lead this year's supporting actress Oscar field, but the race remains largely unsettled thanks to the late arrival of "Les Miserables." The musical sports several juicy roles for women, most notably the desperate, starving mother, Fantine (Anne Hathaway); the lovestruck Eponine (Samantha Barks), who's famously on her own; and darling Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). We're guessing Helena Bonham Carter will kill opposite Sacha Baron Cohen as Madame Thenardier too, but voters typically favor the tragedy mask over its comic counterpart. Look at Hathaway's hair! You'd be crazy to bet against that, right?
Here's our current rankings for the race, which will likely change dramatically after "Les Miz" screens Thanksgiving weekend.
1. Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
2. Sally Field, “Lincoln”
3. Amy Adams, “The Master”
4. Maggie Smith, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
5. Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook"
Bubbling under: Frances McDormand, “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Promised Land”; Scarlett Johansson, “Hitchcock”; Jessica Biel, "Hitchcock"; Shirley MacLaine, “Bernie”; Kelly Reilly, "Flight"; Laura Linney, "Hyde Park on Hudson"; Ann Dowd, "Compliance"