Jessica Chastain ‘thinks Jennifer Lawrence is stealing her thunder’

I think the tabloids have really missed Brangelina this awards season. Last year, Brad Pitt was up for all of the Best Actor awards, and although he wasn’t considered a big contender, the sheer fact that everyone could Brangelina Watch and Brangelina Gossip throughout the awards season made it so much more fun. This year’s awards season has actual competitions – no one really knows who is going to take home the Oscars in most of the acting categories. If I was looking for some juicy drama, I would have gone with Bradley Cooper being super-jealous of Daniel Day-Lewis and Hugh Jackman. But dude-on-dude hate won’t bring in the readership like girl-on-girl hate. Thus, The Enquirer is trying to make some girl drama out of the Jennifer Lawrence-Jessica Chastain competition.

Jessica Chastain has her claws out for her fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence. After Lawrence won at the SAGs, Jessica was fuming.

“Jessica can’t stand the fact that Jennifer is stealing her thunder!” said a source. “What’s more, the critics have been gushing over Jennifer’s awards show speeches and it’s been killing Jessica!”

“It was a real blow to Jessica when Jennifer took the SAG Award… not only did Jessica think she deserved it, she thought she had it in the bag. She tried to put on a brave face for the cameras, but inside she was seething.”

And Jessica’s ire went into overdrive when her nemesis joked about her during her recent Saturday Night Live gig. Jennifer kidded: “Jessica Chastain – more like Jessica Chast-ain’t winning no Oscar on my watch. In Zero Dark Thirty you caught Bin Laden. So what? In Winter’s Bone I caught a squirrel – and then I ate it. Boom. Deal with that.”

The source said: “Jessica felt Jennifer trivialized her acting role and didn’t see any humor in the bit. She can’t stand Jennifer all the more for it.”

[From The Enquirer, print edition]

My general feeling? Jessica is competitive. She wants to win. She will be disappointed if she doesn’t win. She was disappointed when she lost the SAG Award. I think she was very disappointed and upset when she lost the Best Supporting Oscar last year too. She seems like a somewhat fragile, tightly-wound woman who really gets anxious and neurotic about this stuff. Does that make you like her more? Or do you prefer Jennifer Lawrence’s method, which seems to be “Don’t take it too seriously, have fun, try not to embarrass yourself”? I don’t know… I’m starting to get a feeling about the Best Actress race. I’m not going to lay down any money (yet), but I think Jessica is the best bet right now.

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  1. mkyarwood says:

    I think Jessica deserves it more right now. Jennifer is getting better, but I don’t think she’s at Oscar level yet!

    • CC says:

      Besides, a nomination is already an aknowledgment of quality, to begin with, and what would it say about a 22 year old “peaking” at that age? what other challenges for her? This movie isn’t one that is all that great IMO. Again, Meryl Streep, other than the Iron Lady fiasco, that seemed more an aknowledgement that she still has it, her 2 wins were far more significant. Especially Sophie’s choice of course, as it’s supposed to be. You’re not supposed to win every time you are nominated.

    • pamspam says:

      I don’t know…I like Jessica, but I honestly didn’t find her performance in ZDT all that compelling. I mean, I think she did as well as anyone could have, but the role itself just didn’t feel all that “meaty.” I might be alone on that…

      • Liv says:

        I haven’t seen the film yet, but I saw the sneak peaks at the Golden Globes and I thought that Jessica’s was pretty boring. Just judging on them – and I know it’s not really an argument – I’d say Jennifer’s better.

      • Porkchop says:

        Zero Dark Thirty: Jessica Chastain’s nomination is more about the movie than her performance, I think. The role wasn’t anything that would’ve tested any adequate actress’s range. The remarkable thing about Jessica Chastain (who I really like) was that a slight redhead was talking tough to CIA bosses and being tenacious about catching Bin Laden. If a big-boned, loudmouthed brunette were playing the same role, no one would find it remarkable at all. None of the promotional spots for ZDT showed that the movie was about Jessica Chastain’s character, which I think shows that her performance is not the most important aspect of the film to most of the audience.

        Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence played a woman whose mind and emotions were slipping and sliding all over Philly. Little harder to do. I think Jennifer Lawrence was able to show an actual shift in emotions in a single shot, which makes her the more likely winner for me. That said, there were a few off moments in her performance (the delivery of “Pick me up at 7:30,” for example), but they weren’t enough to overshadow the rest.

        Now if we throw in the PR Oscar campaigns for each, Jennifer Lawrence is kicking ass and taking names. That’s not to say anything bad about Jessica Chastain–she’s just unlucky to be against someone with a personality like JL. Jessica Chastain seems like a nice person who works hard. But Jennifer Lawrence seems like someone who’ll give the speech we want to hear on Oscar night. Let’s not forget that she’s also keeping Hollywood popular and relevant in a way most other actors aren’t. Think of how many people will be watching the Oscars/rooting for her because of the Hunger Games. She does her smaller dramas and she does her franchises and everyone in town goes home with a paycheck. She’s not a diva (as far as we know), she’s not a troll, (for now–if Kristen Stewart scampers in and bites her, all bets are off), and she’s one of us (or she’s good at convincing us she is). Likability is a factor in any voting system, and Jennifer Lawrence is the kind of person who makes you like her, not just think of her favorably like Chastain.

        I’d put money on Jennifer Lawrence.

      • MaiGirl says:

        I agree. It was an amazing film, but her performance was not particularly noteworthy. I don’t think JL’s age should be held against her. She was great in SLP, and it was not a particularly great movie for me overall. I absolutely loved her in Winter’s Bone, a role I can’t imagine another young actress in.

    • Lyn says:

      I thought she was incredible in ZDT – a really subtle, nuanced performance, which unfortunately the Oscars don’t award that often, especially for actresses. Lawrence’s scowling and yelling at Robert de Niro is much more Oscar-friendly. Lawrence was really great too so I wouldn’t begrudge her the win, although I worry that she might face a Hathaway-level in the next year or so.

    • Liz says:

      I think the only actress upset about Jennifer Lawrence is Lindsay Lohan. She is the one who tweeted about the ‘I beat Meryl’ speech. I think LL sees Jennifer Lawrence and thinks all those roles should have been her roles.

    • Mom says:

      There’s enough for everyone. While Chastain is older and seems to have paid more dues to get where she is now, such is life. Some of us just have to work harder.

  2. neelyo says:

    Hmmmm… I suspect Anne Hathaway’s people planted this story to distract from all of the negative attention she’s receiving for her campaign.

    • Amy says:

      Agreed, I think Anne Hathaway is the one who is irritated that Jennifer is stealing all the attention this awards season. No one cares about Best Supporting Actress, and Jen and her speeches are adorable.

    • Nina says:

      ITA the first thing I thought was that it was a completely fabricated story. I think both actresses are happy to be doing what their doing, they know they’re lucky and they’re each just navigating their way through the drama around awards season the way they know how. Jennifer (and Anne) just happen to be dealing with the press a little better than poor Jessica… who looks like a deer caught in the headlights.

      I haven’t seen either performance yet, but would’ve guessed the Oscar was Jessica’s (mainly b/c of the gravitas surrounding the film) until I read Porkchop’s post above. Go read it… great insight.

  3. T.Fanty says:

    I agree with your assessment of Jessica. I think she’s also smart enough to know that at her age (whatever that may be), this is her big window of opportunity. If she wins an oscar, she establishes herself as a serious actress and gains clout. If she doesn’t, there’s going to be someone lined up to replace her next year. Jennifer is younger and has The Hunger Games under her belt, which guarantees her a fan base, which Jessica can’t count on. I’m certainly more sympathetic to Jessica.

  4. allons-y alonso says:

    I’m kind of hoping for Naomi Watts or Emmanuelle Riva to sweep in and win it.

  5. hoopjumper says:

    I love JLaw. She’s funny and talented and I hope she has a long career.

    But there is no way in heck she should win an Oscar for SLP. Her performance was competent and believable, but in no way Oscar-worthy.

  6. stellalovejoydiver says:

    I think both of them are relatively new to the scene, so the Academy prob feel like it is too soon for both of them.
    Personally I hope and expect it will go to Emanuelle Riva, in general that Amour will win a lot of the awards, I felt both Jessica’s and Jennifer’s were good, but not great nor oscar-worthy performances.
    Jennifer gets the awards also because of Harvey Weinstein, if any other actress would have played this role and be backed up by him she would win.

    As or Jessica Castain being disappointed by losing out last year I read otherwise that she actually did’t expect to win and was really happy for Octavia.

    I think the ZDT controversy hurts her the most, as well as that her character didn’t have a lot depth in general, which was prob intended as her life revolves around the hunt of Osama bin Laden.

  7. Lily25 says:

    I think that most of the winners are a foregone conclusion not a race at all. Supporting Actor seems open but DDL, Jennifer, and Anne Hathaway are pretty much locks. I think like all actors they do want to win but I doubt Jessica is hating on Jennifer.

  8. Kiki says:

    Both these chicks are so plain.

  9. chloe says:

    I can’t believe this about Jessica, I think the magazines are just trying to start stuff. I’ve seen the Impossible, SLP, and Zero D 30 and I would place Naomi as the best out of the three with Jennifer as number three, SLP was entertaining but not an Oscar worthy movie, the only reason it’s getting such buzz is because Weinstein is throwing all of his money behind it.

  10. La Calabaza says:

    I saw Zero Dark Thirty the other night. Her performance is not Oscar worthy neither it’s Jennifer’s but I like Jennifer’s better. I think the Oscar will go to the french lady.

  11. flor says:

    No. This is BS because Jessica is the nicest person in the world. THE NICEST.

    Besides, Jessica is the one poised to have a Meryl STreep kind of career. Both of these ladies are overexposed but Jessica doesn’t sexualise her image like Jennifer does. In 20 years, people will stop seeing Jennifer as hot and will measure her talent. She is very, VERY talented but not as good as Jessica.

    I think Jennifer is goign to win because she has Harvey by her side. But if the Academy doesn’t want to give it to Jenn, I don’t think it’s going to Jessica but Emmanuele Riva.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I agree with you on most parts, also Jessica is a trained actress(Juillard), she is really poised, elegant and a classic beauty, but she does sexualize herself even though it comes off kind of forced.
      I haven’t seen Jen promoting her movie in underwear this year, but Jessica:

      I think it will go to Emanuelle Riva, because for both of them it is too soon and neither were great perfomances, good yeah, oscar-worthy no.

      I am kind of creeped out by Jennifer’s connection with Weinstein, ugh.

    • anne says:

      you talking bullshit.
      Since the race for the Oscars, jennifer lawrence made ​​no nude photos or sexy. jessica chastain has to pose in sexy lingerie for Gq Magazine recently.
      Jennifer has sexy photos for Esquire Magazine in 2011 but it was to get the role of mystique in X-men.
      Jennifer plays more the card of “the cool and funny girl who can hang out with than the super sexy girl.

      • flor says:


        I totally forgot about those pictures. BIG mistake, sorry. I think Jess is more of a classic beauty and looks awkward when trying to be sexy.


        I think Jennifer did Vanity Fair and those pictures were pretty sexy to me. There was nothing classy about her leaopard print skinny jeans. I think Jenn plays the girl-next-door “just like us” but also super sexy so she can get the male audience.

        I don’t think they are extremely gorgeous but they are pretty girls though!

    • T.C. says:

      Along with the GQ nudie pics Jessica Chastain has a recent photoshoot where she is topless but covers her breasts with her hands I think it’s for W magazine. She has also been naked in two films and has a sexy perfume ad for YSL called Manifesto. I haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrence in any nudie photoshoots and she hasn’t done any nudity in film yet so I think you are confused as to who is trying to sexualize their image. She is most famous for playing Katniss Everdeen the most non-sexual character in the movies. She got her first Oscar nomination for playing Bree, a completely non-sexual character covered in layers on clothing the entire time.

      I know you don’t like Jennifer Lawrence in spite of all her success so it’s no surprise you jump in to knock her down every chance you get. This story is BS because Jessica Chastain met Lawrence on the red carpet and told her she is a wonderful actress. 

      • flor says:

        Please, all actors are asskissers and back stabbers. You cannot bring that video as your proof that this story is BS.

        This story is BS because they just want to pity a wonderful young actress against another wonderful young actress.

        And your argument about getting naked in movies is pointless. If there is a sex scene, they are going to get naked.

        And if getting naked in movies is why you think Jennifer does not play her sexuality, I am sorry but she was almost naked while playing Mystique lol.

        I am tired of your personal attack. I like Jennifer and I like Jessica. I have told you this several times and you keep bringing up my so-called dislike for Jennifer because you cannot accept that someone has a different opinion.

      • T.C. says:

        You claim Jennifer Lawrence is sexualizing herself not Jessica Chastain we have all proved you wrong. You say Jessica Chastain is a nice person and I agree then show you a video of her complimenting Lawrence on her wonderful acting then you change your tune to say Chastain is just ass kissing and not being genuine. You bend over backwards to not accept reality.

        Moving on.
        I will correct myself. Jessica Chastain did recently cover W magazine but her almost topless pic was for Vanity Fair. She has done a lot of magazines Kaiser just doesn’t cover her much because she doesn’t say anything that makes headlines.

        Two minute topless and stripping scene from Jolene. NOTE NSFW!!!!! Scroll down for the video.

      • flor says:

        @ TC no, you are taking me out of context but I don’t give a fuck.

        Jessica has done editorials without clothes or with minimal clothes (I did not remember it when I worte my first post) so did JLaw but Jessica dresses more Old Hollywood and JLaw is stuck with the shit Rachel Zoe puts her on that makes her look like Nicole Richie.

        Jessica will always be seen as a classy actress just because she graduated from Julliard. JenLaw is the sexy movie star that drives men crazy.

        And I think that appearing naked on screen doesn’t mean anything for both of them actually did appear with mininal/ no clothes but what counts is the fact that Jenn is younger and therefore men can see her as a sex object and vote her “most desirable” whereas Jessica is much older and we all know what happens to older women in Hollywood.

        Even if that is or isn’t a PR move, Jenn will always be objectified and seen as a sex kitten.

        Jessica’s people are probably trying to get attention with those pictures because sex sells and in ZDT Jessica looks strong and tough and they probably think people are stupid and cannot see beyond the screen.

        And that is why I think one is more sexualised than the other. Now you can keep attacking me since that is what you always do anyway.

      • Moore says:

        Megan Fox is a sexy kitten. Pre-saint Jolie was a sexy kitten.
        JLaw I am not seeing that at all.

    • Gaby says:

      You are so obssessed with the whole “Meryl Streep career”, Jennifer supposedly sexualizing herself, The Weinstein thing, and accurately measuring the talent of these two ladies…It’s always the same in every post about either of them. It’s getting so boring. Please stop.

    • Amy says:

      You’re on ONTD, aren’t you? I’d recognize the “Christain” stanning anywhere.

    • Tommy says:

      I haven’t seen any Jessica Chastain performance that has made me think “Meryl Streep.” She was cute as a button in The Help, stoic in ZDT, stoic in Tree of Life, stoic in Texas Killing Fields, etc.

  12. marie says:

    I don’t believe it, they are both great actresses. I haven’t seen any of the movies so I can’t really judge who I think should win.

  13. flor says:


    It was well known that Jessica wasn’t going to win the SAG. She was nominated because actors LOVE her but Sony did not screen the movie for SAG members or sent DVDs for them to vote for the movie. That is why the cast (a big one with a lot of SAG members on it) wasn’t nominated for Best Ensemble.
    Actors just LOVE Jessica but they couldn’t see her movie. And when I mean actors, I mean those that barely make it to the end of the week and have two or three jobs to pay the rent.

  14. Ms Kay says:

    Yawn. Riva or Watts for the win.

  15. andrea says:

    It’s The Enquirer so yeah, not buying the claws out part, although I do believe there’s quite a bit of professional jealousy simmering under the surface. But personally, I found neither Jessica or Jennifer mind-blowing in their performances. Jessica’s movie spun on the weight of its own gravitas and Jennifer’s was the quirky flavor of the season (thanks to Harvey’s impeccable timing).

    If I could, I would vote for Emmanuelle Riva. No campaign, no parading on the red carpet. Just an enduring body of work that has spanned decades, capped off by a poignant, Oscar-worthy performance.

  16. I think and hope that Jennifer Lawrence will win. I like Jessica Chastain, but her performance in ZDT was nothing special.

  17. Merritt says:

    I haven’t seen either movie. I’m reluctant to see Silver Lining Playbook, because Jennifer’s character sounded like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl type.

  18. Kayla says:

    I think because Jessica did not get her major roles until later on her career she knows her age is going to be a factor in Hollywood.She might feel since Jennifer is still young and upcoming she will have plenty of chances.I love both ladies and hope both have lasting career.But Naomi for win lol.

    • Annie says:

      Also – from what I’ve seen whenever an under 30, flavor of the month type actress wins an Oscar it actually seems to hurt rather than help their career. I agree it’s more Chastain’s “time” and an Oscar right now could really help launch her career into something more lasting a la Streep.

  19. Rae says:

    From what I read in other websites, Jessica’s people already knew she wouldn’t win the SAGs because not all members of the SAGs saw the movie, it didn’t arrive on time for the voting.
    I root for her, she is a good actress (I can see her working for many years) and of course she is competitive, wouldn’t you be? Working the second year in a row to win a Oscar … I would have already killed somebody lol

  20. I’d love to see Jennifer Lawrence winning the Oscar. One thing is for sure, Kristen Stewart and Jessica Chastain will burn!

  21. Talie says:

    Jennifer has the kind of easy-going attitude that anyone would be envious of. So, I can see that. Jessica does seem to be way more serious, but she’s also over 10 years older than Jen and has been through more in her life to get to where she is today.

  22. Anna says:

    I really don’t buy this – having met Jessica, she is seriously the sweetest. I’m sure she wants to win, and she will win one day for sure, but I just can’t see her being all “mean girl” towards a girl who’s what, fifteen years younger than her?

    And about the SAGs – Jessica knew she wouldn’t win. Voters didn’t get to see Zero Dark Thirty in advance in the SAGs case, it was actually HUGE that Jessica got a nomination considering the vast majority of the voters didn’t even see her performance before voting for her.

  23. lucy2 says:

    I think the negative aspect of this isn’t true, but I could see Jessica being disappointed the JL has gotten some of the awards.
    I haven’t seen ZDT yet, but Jennifer was good in SLP.

  24. GeeMoney says:

    I think that Jessica deserves the Oscar more than Jennifer Lawrence, even though Jen was really good in Silver Linings Playbook… but I don’t know. The momentum is in Jen’s favor right now… so Jessica might have to suck it up and go home empty handed on Oscar night.

  25. Marco says:

    My vote is for Jennifer to win. She has all the buzz as a personality.

  26. Michele says:

    I’m sure Jessica wants that Oscar just as much as Jennifer. They are both two of the best, most talented actresses at the moment going head-to-head for that Oscar. It’s normal to feel that way. I just don’t buy that Jessica thinks Jennifer is stealing her thunder.

    I do feel bad for Jessica because she is currently on Broadway doing 8 shows a week which doesn’t allow her much time to do proper Oscar campaigning like Jennifer. Jessica has to stay close to NYC for the play while Jennifer has been all over the place, coast to coast and appearing at every Hollywood event recently, mingling with the right people.

    I liked both of their films and performances but I feel Jessica deserves the Oscar this time. I also feel this will not be the last time either of these talented actresses will find themselves being nominated for an Oscar.

  27. Uzi says:

    IMO Jessica is over-hyped and over-rated. I saw her on Broadway in “The Heiress,” and she was the weakest member of the cast (I thought Judith Ivey stole the show!) Five years ago no one had heard of her and now she’s everywhere. She must have some powerful people backing her, as there are many actresses that are just as, or more, talented. And the ZDT role could’ve been played by anyone. I’m rooting for “anybody but Jessica” for the Best Actress Oscar win.

    @Michele…Once awards season began, Jessica started blowing off performances, having her understudy play the part while she attended the ceremonies. “The Heiress” is actually concluding its 6-month run a day early so she can go to London for the BAFTA’s. How interesting that the Broadway audiences haven’t been bothered by this, as most of them were “Downton Abbey” fans there to see her co-star, Dan Stevens.

  28. Shira says:

    Highly doubt the story’s true.

    Since I haven’t seen ZDT or the other movies from that category I honestly don’t know who deserves this more, I do know that at first I thought Jennifer’s not gonna win this. Since the SAG though, the wind’s shifted. That girl’s name is in everybody’s mouths lately, and for the most part – it’s good things they say.

    As for Bradley being “super-jealous of DDL”… gimme a break. He gave a helluva performance on SLP and I honestly feel like he was robbed this award season. He deserved more than a CCA. As for the Oscars? Probably not. And I think all of the men are well aware of the fact that DDL already won this.

  29. Lia says:

    I can believe that Jessica want the oscar badly, she has spoken about how long it took her to gain notice in hollywood. An Oscar would seal her status as A-list. But I cannot believe she is jealous of Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence is so much younger thats it odd to even compare the two. I think both are fabolous actresses, but if i had a wish it was for Riva from Amour to win. Lawrences day will come she has so many good years ahead of her, in fact it might better for her not to peak at 22 years old.

  30. Tig says:

    I so hope Jessica wins! I so enjoyed her performance. It was so amazing to see a woman displaying such steely resolve and ruthlessness that didn’t involve defending her home, children, etc. However, if Naomi wins I won’t be disappointed. Jennifer- yes, I think that would be a travesty.

    I am really torn about seeing Amour- it just looks so sad, and recently lost a parent. However, an 85 yr old winning an Oscar would be amazing.

  31. d says:

    Both Jessica and Naomi have a wonderful quality about them that I really enjoy watching in movies. I think they’re both really good actresses and they’ve been around for a while and at some point, I hope they do get major award recognition. But they’re so good, imo, that I think they’ll be around for a long while, award or no award.
    I like Jennifer Lawrence, I thought she was great in Winter’s Bone, but Hunger Games…meh. Kind of an easy role. I haven’t seen SLP yet, but I still don’t think she’s better than Jessica or Naomi.

  32. Jordan says:

    Jennifer Lawrence was fantastic in SLP…Chastain is a talented actress though, I have yet to be blown away by one of her performances. I don’t think this story (the NE story) is true….it’s Oscar season and there is a temporary lull, they need to write about something. I do tend to agree that Chastain seems tightly wound while Lawrence seems so much more relaxed.

  33. Ginger says:

    They are both so pretty and talented so of course the Enquirer is going to try and pit them against each other.

  34. KellyinSeattle says:

    Wow, Jessica looks exactly like my aunt Bunnie. Exactly. Anyway, I doubt this story is true; that’s just my feeling. I don’t think think either one deserves an award; they seem like actresses that won’t have a long shelf life, but are popular right now. I do think they are both pretty, but not beautiful.

  35. Miss M says:

    I like them both, but if I could have a say in who should win I would go for (greatest to good)? 1. Riva, 2. Naomi, 3. Wallis or Jessica, 5. Jennifer. I am totally rooting for Riva!!!

    ps. I dont think she is being competitive. Maybe she knows she has no chance because Jennifer has Harvey backing up her campaign…

  36. KS says:

    I don’t care about Jessica Chastain at all – actually it kind of bugs me how she came out of nowhere and is suddenly in all these big roles – BUT Jennifer Lawrence is just on my last nerve. I really think she is so overrated, both as an actress and a personality.

  37. Thiajoka says:

    I’m all for Helen Mirren in Hitchcock, but since she wasn’t nominated…

  38. MisJes says:

    I don’t get the Jessica Chastain hype at all. I’ve watched her in The Help and in Zero Dark Thirty – and felt nothing. None of her performances had me leaving the theatre thinking she did an amazing job.

    Something about her this Oscars run reeks of desperation to me. She knows she’s approaching the age where she will be cast in more mature aged roles, and have to work harder to be the pretty, young leading lady – and she has personally attested to how hard she fought, for many years after graduating Julliard, to get where she is.

    It must irk her that Jennifer Lawrence, so young and fresh to the industry, is having so much love and success thrown her way (and rightfully so, she is incredibly talented), when Jessica herself struggled.

    In any case, I still don’t think she deserves the Oscar. I still feel her nomination was based on Kathryn Bigelow as a respected director and Zero Dark Thirty as a decent film rather than her acting itself. Her performance was nothing to write home about.

    Lastly, I don’t think that the “Jennifer Lawrence is so young, plenty of time to win the Oscar, not mature enough in the industry to win yet” argument flies AT ALL. The Oscar should be given to the most worthy performance, and the age of the actress is completely irrelevant. Likewise, their performance in other movies is irrelevant. In the case of the performances given by Jessica Chastain in ZDT and Jennifer Lawerence in SLP – Jennifer Lawrence is hands down the strongest contender. If this story has any truth to it, I think Jessica Chastain is right to be uneasy.

    • NEENAZEE says:

      Like most people, I’d never even heard of Jessica Chastain until she was ‘everywhere’ last year. Like you I saw her in The Help, then in that weird Terence Malick flick Tree of Life, and as the young Helen Mirren in The Debt. She was good, not earth shatteringly great but not distractingly bad either. On IMDb it only lists projects back to 2004… not the really long time she’d like everyone to believe it’s been. I’d say an Oscar nomination for a body of work that’s less than a decade long is pretty damn good. But it’s not like she’s been slaving away overlooked in the industry for 25 or 30 years…

  39. Reese says:

    I actually hope Riva wins it! Her performance was stunning. But since it will probably be one of those two, Jessica Chastain had the better performance. For sure. I still can’t believe SLP got all those nominations. It was a very good movie, but the only Oscar worthy thing I saw in it was Robert DeNiro. Jennifer’s performance was IMO incredibly overhyped. However I could say the same thing about Chastain. I will admit the scene where she gives Kyle Chandler the verbal smack down was pretty damn great though. Made the JLaw/DeNiro scene pale in comparison.

  40. PixieStix says:

    As soon as I saw JL in Winters Bone I knew she was a FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH…AMAZING Actress..Congrats Jennifer;-)

  41. Jordan says:

    @MisJes….I couldn’t agree more!. I never bought the whole she’s too young or, this is actress is long overdue for an Oscar argument. It’s the award for Best Actress, not the award for the largest body of work. Jennifer gave (in my opinion) a deeply layered, intensely emotional performance. If Lawrence wins it will be well deserved. If not, my guess is that Lawrence will remain in the Oscar conversation for a few decades.

  42. lola says:

    I’m rooting for Emmanuelle Riva.