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JEAN: THE NEW HUGH
The French actor silently sang and danced his way into the hearts of Americans in The Artist, earning Dujardin a best actor Screen Actors Guild Award nod. His jubilant performance reminds us of Aussie import and fellow song-and-dance man , who also built an impressive résumé in his home country before wowing audiences Stateside.
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JESSICA: THE NEW AMY
They’re both redhead stunners with the ability to play it for laughs (The Help and Enchanted, respectively) or show off their serious acting chops (Tree of Life and Doubt). With 11 movies in the can, Chastain made 2011 her year with a memorable performance opposite and as an incompetent, yet lovable housewife in The Help, which earned her a SAG nomination for best supporting actress.
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ARMIE: THE NEW BRAD
It’s difficult getting past the pretty boy facade – but with the help of digital-aging (and a whole lot of makeup!) both and Hammer have done so with award-winning results in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and J.Edgar, respectively, which earned the handsome newcomer a best supporting actor SAG nomination.
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OCTAVIA: THE NEW MO'NIQUE
Before playing Minny in The Help, which earned Spencer a Golden Globe award and SAG nomination, the actress was no household name despite having worked in Hollywood for more than 16 years. “If you build it, they will come, and that’s what I’m doing, one brick at a time,” Spencer told the Los Angeles Times of her career, which draws comparisons to fellow comedic actress Mo’Nique, whose serious turn in 2009’s Precious won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
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JONAH: THE NEW JIM
It’s hard for funny guys to be taken seriously by Hollywood. Supporting actor SAG nominee Hill (for his dramatic turn in Moneyball) may want to take a page out of Carrey’s playbook, who has successfully cashed in with box-office comedies and smaller indie dramas like, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.
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MICHELLE: THE NEW CATE
Both are flaxen-haired beauties with a knack for challenging screen performances, including playing beloved Hollywood icons. In 2005, won her only Academy Award playing Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. Will also get lucky, finally earning Oscar gold for My Week with Marilyn? Stay tuned.