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


2. Best Supporting Actress

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    Octavia Spencer (r.) portrays maid Minny Jackson.

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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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