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With award season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on some of the most memorable dramatic performances of the year. Leading ladies on the big screen didn't disappoint us, as we were treated to powerhouse performances from long-standing legends, up-and-comers, and more. It's hard to pick just one, but tell us: who is the best dramatic actress of 2012? Who Is the Best Dramatic Actress of 2012? Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless) Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, The Dark Knight Rises) Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina) Sally Field (Lincoln, The Amazing Spider-Man) Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, People Like Us) Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone, The Dark Knight Rises) Amy Adams (Trouble With the Curve, The Master) Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman) Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games) Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) »

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