Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
This year, Jennifer Lawrence has earned critics' praise—and an Oscar nod—for her performance in Debra Granik's Winter's Bone. In the dark drama, she plays Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old who is solely responsible for her impoverished Ozark family.
Lawrence first started making waves in Hollywood in 2008 for her role in The Burning Plain, which earned her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Emerging Actress at the Venice Film Festival. She was also a part of the cast of TBS's The Bill Engvall Show, and she starred in the films The Poker House, Devil You Know and Garden Party.