Meryl as Maggie
1. Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Her performance as British PM Margaret Thatcher is a miracle of character infiltration, and should earn Streep her first Oscar in 29 years.
STERN AUTHORITY FIGURE
Brad as a dictatorial dad
1. Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
The perennial hunk proved his range with daring, delicate work as Tree of Life's tough father (and as the baseball man--pure star quality--in Moneyball).
2. The Cast of The Help
An ensemble Oscar, please, for the stars of this lofty weepie: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tree of...