Will Win/Should Win - Viola Davis
Could Win - Meryl Streep "The Iron Lady"
Commetnary - This really is a tough call, with Davis and Streep splitting the main precursors. But Streep always has something going against her. First, she has already won two Oscars. Two, there always seems to be another actress nominated who people feel deserves recognition, ahead of Streep winning number three. Finally, she seems to always be the best thing about her movies, with everything else in them simply not being up to par. I think Davis wins on the power of her performance, both on screen, and on the circuit this awards season, and for the fact that people love The Help, particularly the actors, who are the biggest branch. It has the Best Picture nod, and I think that, while close, Viola Davis will take home the prize.