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Poll: Break on Through

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is a non-profit founded in 2006, dedicated to supporting work by and about women in the film industry. Their yearly awards, called the EDAs, include an award for "Best Breakthrough Performance." Which of these past winners made the biggest sensation in their breakthrough?

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    Abigail Breslin

    For Little Miss Sunshine, 2006

    Beating out: Ivana Baquero - Pan's Labyrinth; Abbie Cornish - Candy and Somersault; Shareeka Epps - Half Nelson; Rinko Kikuchi - Babel

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    Elliot Page

    For Juno, 2007

    Beating out: Amy Adams - Enchanted; Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone; Keri Russell - August Rush

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    Sally Hawkins

    For Happy-Go-Lucky, 2008

    Beating out: Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Melissa Leo - Frozen

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    Carey Mulligan

    For An Education, 2009

    Beating out: Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air; Gabourey Sidibe - Precious

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    Jennifer Lawrence

    For Winter's Bone, 2010

    Beating out: Lena Dunham - Tiny Furniture; Chloe Moretz - Kick-Ass; Noomi Rapace - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

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    Elizabeth Olsen

    For Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011

    Beating out: Jessica Chastain - Tree of Life; Adepero Oduye - Pariah; Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

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    Quvenzhané Wallis

    For Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012

    Beating out: Samantha Barks - Les Misérables; Alicia Vikander - A Royal Affair; Ann Dowd - Compliance

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    Lupita Nyong'o

    For 12 Years a Slave, 2013

    Beating out: Brie Larson - Short Term 12; Shailene Woodley - The Spectacular Now

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    Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    For Belle, 2014

    Beating out: Essie Davis - The Babadook; Jenny Slate - Obvious Child

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    Alicia Vikander

    For Ex Machina, Testament of Youth and The Danish Girl, 2015

    Beating out: Brie Larson - Room; Bel Powley - The Diary of a Teenage Girl; Daisy Ridley - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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