23 January 2013 12:35 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Academy Award acting nominees continued to make news this week, whether or not they wanted to. Without lifting a finger, Jessica Chastain scored a coup at the box office by starring in the No. 1 and No. 2 movies over the weekend: the brand new horror film "Mama" and holdover "Zero Dark Thirty," for which her Best Actress nomination is now the film's most likely prize. Entertainment Weekly made the absurd suggestion that the box office triumph could backfire, that "Mama" could be her "Norbit" (a reference to the embarrassing Eddie Murphy comedy whose Oscar-season release seemed to kill his chances at a Best Supporting Actor prize for "Dreamgirls" five years ago), but the so-so reviews for "Mama" aren't anything like the sense of offended outrage over "Norbit." The one-two punch can only help Chastain's profile, and nobody has anything bad to say about her. Except maybe Jennifer Lawrence. Hosting "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, »

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