One take. That's all it took Anne Hathaway to land both an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress AND cement herself as the favorite to win the award.
Her brief appearance in Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables was nothing short of epic, nailing her performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" in just one take. Hathaway gives off so much emotion during the scene that it's hard to get through it with a dry eye. Not to mention she's weeping herself throughout the sad song.
So who's she up against?
Only two-time Oscar winner Sally Field, whose portrayal of the batsh*t crazy Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln was something she begged director Steven Spielberg for and something he gave her after testing her with Lincoln himself, Daniel Day-Lewis. Don't be surprised if Field upsets, because as you know, the Academy likes her.
Strong performances from Amy Adams in The Master and Helen Hunt's sex therapist in The Sessions, along with Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook could leave this one up for grabs, considering Hathaway's screen time is right around 40 minutes -- the minimum for any film to receive a Best Picture nomination.
The Nominees: Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Amy Adams in "The Master"
Sally Field in "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables"
Helen Hunt in "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Who will win: Anne Hathaway
Who should win: Anne Hathaway