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Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Before being cast in director Jason Reitman's dark comedy, Up in the Air, Anna Kendrick was best known to millions of vampire enthusiasts as Jessica Stanley, one of the mortal stars in the Twilight series. Now, she's stepping out as a young actress who can go toe-to-toe with George Clooney.
Kendrick earns her first nomination for her portrayal of Natalie Keener, an ambitious, outspoken young woman who challenges Ryan Bingham—George Clooney's character—and tells him exactly what she thinks.