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Taraji P. Henson ‘Benjamin Button’

Oscar: Supporting actress

Why she’ll win: Her character serves as an emotional anchor in a film packed with supernatural elements and a representation of home for the lead character. That could be a point of connection for viewers.

Maybe not: First-time nominees can sometimes struggle. We’re likely to see her in the mix again and after Brad Pitt’s character leaves New Orleans, Henson’s Queenie is hardly seen again.

Critical quote: “In the large cast of characters whose stories run off on Benjamin’s … the constants are his reluctant father and the mother-figure Queenie (enacted by (Jason) Flemyng and Henson with a lovely precision and longing),” says Richard Corliss of Time.

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