Oscars 2012: Who Should Win Best Supporting Actress?

02/24/2012 at 06:30 AM EST

Oscars 2012: Who Should Win Best Supporting Actress?
Octavia Spencer (center) and (clockwise from top left) Bérénice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy and Janet McTeer
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This year's nominees of Best Supporting Actress couldn't be more different.

From Melissa McCarthy's hysterical gross-out part in the contemporary comedy Bridesmaids to Bérénice Bejo's romantic role in the mostly silent film The Artist, the nominees run the gamut of characters.

Also up for the Oscar are Janet McTeer in the moving period drama Albert Nobbs, and both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain in the race-relations drama The Help.

After winning both the Golden Globe and the SAG Award for her role as feisty maid Minnie Jackson, Spencer may have this year's Oscar in the bag – but the Academy Awards can be full of surprises, and Hollywood is especially enamored with funny lady McCarthy this year.

Do you think Spencer will continue on her winning streak or will the Academy break the mold?

The 84th Academy Awards will air live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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