Best Actress 2014: Brie Larson for The Gambler

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A photo of Brie Larson at the New York City premiere of Begin Again (via Just Jared).

Oscar Present?
Role: Amy Phillips, a student of Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a lit professor with a gambling problem

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals: N/A

Why? The Gambler looked like a “box office first, maybe awards later” situation, but the “surprise” announcement of an awards-qualifying release suggests that it might be a presence on the awards trail. Regardless, Short Term 12 (2013) showed us that Larson is the real deal; she could make some serious waves this season if The Gambler gives her enough to do. Amy Adams picked up a nomination the last time Mark Wahlberg led a major Oscar player.

Why not? Is Larson lead or supporting?

Ranking: No. 16 as of Sept. 12, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actress in a Leading Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: The Gambler (more)
Best Director 2014: Rupert Wyatt for The Gambler (more)
Best Actor 2014: Mark Wahlberg for The Gambler (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jessica Lange for The Gambler (more)

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