2011 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress nominees

Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo, Hailee Steinfeld and Jacki Weaver are this category's hopefuls

By Peter Finocchiaro
Published February 26, 2011 7:27PM (EST)

This year, the Academy's nominees for Best Supporting Actress are wives and girlfriends and daughters, yes. But they're also fiercely independent and, in some cases, straight-up scary:

 

Amy Adams in "The Fighter"

 

Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech"

 

Melissa Leo in "The Fighter"

 

Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit"

 

Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom


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