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Poll: Who will win the Critics' Choice Award for best supporting actress?

January 14, 2011 |  7:45 am

Supporting actress

The Critics' Choice Awards have a reputation for being an Oscar crystal ball, so all eyes are on the Hollywood Palladium when the Broadcast Film Critics' Assn. doles out trophies Friday night (VH1, 9 p.m. PST/EST).

Among the hottest contests is best supporting actress. Over the last 10 years, the winner has matched up with the Oscar champ five times: Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind," 2001), Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago," 2002), Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain," 2004), Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls, 2006) and Mo'Nique ("Precious," 2009). Maybe six, if you want to cut the Critics' Choice Awards folks some slack and give them credit for Kate Winslet, who was honored by the BFCA in supporting for "The Reader" (beating Penelope Cruz), but in lead at the Oscars in 2008.

-- Tom O'Neil

Left photo: Melissa Leo of "The Fighter."  Credit: Paramount

Middle photo: Mila Kunis in "Black Swan."  Credit: Fox Searchlight

Right photo: Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech."  Credit: The Weinstein Co.