Jennifer Lawrence vs. Lupita Nyong’o: Who Should Win Best Supporting Actress Oscar?

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By Daniel Gates


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The Oscars are on Sunday, and one of the most intriguing races is for Best Supporting Actress.

All of the performers nominated in the category — including Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine, Julia Roberts in August: Osage County and June Squibb in Nebraska — have been rightly celebrated, but most observers believe the award will go to Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave or Jennifer Lawrence of American Hustle.

Nyong’o has earned a number of wins this awards season for her 12 Slaves portrayal of Patsey, including the Screen Actors Guild honor.

Lawrence, of course, won the Best Actress Oscar last year, and her Rosalyn Rosenfeld role in American Hustle has her in the conversation for a second Academy Award at the age of 23.

The actresses, whose mutual admiration was on display at the SAG Awards (see above), both have an excellent shot at taking home the big prize.

One subplot: Some actually think that Lawrence would be hurt by another win, believing it would spark a backlash against her (see below).

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