With several potentially pivotal roles left to be seen — Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks and Amy Adams in American Hustle, two names seem like they might dominate the category when the critics start handing out their awards. Those awards will then influence the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice, the Screen Actors Guild and ultimately, the Oscars. The Golden Globes often reflect the early part of the race, not the late breaking changes that can sometimes occur. The New York Film Critics and the National Board of Review both announce early and also tend to reflect the early part of the race.
Here is a poll for you to respond to whom you think is in the lead. I make my own list after the jump.