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The front-runners in the major categories for Oscars 2012

Here are the nominees with the best chances of snagging that gold statuette on Oscar night


Octavia Spencer (r.) portrays maid Minny Jackson.

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2. Best Supporting Actress

Look for Octavia Spencer to win this award for her portrayal of a maid in 1960s Mississippi in the film "The Help." Like Plummer, Spencer has won the BAFTA award, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild prize in her category.

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