Just because I feel like it, I'm going to tell you which female leading performances might interest Mr Oscar next year.
Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre
She's young, pretty, talented (very talented) and though I haven't read the book or seen any movie adaptation of it, I know it's a great role and the kind Oscar will care about. Plus, whether she gets nominated for The Kids Are All Right or not, the Academy will surely notice her.
Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
The three adjectives I used to describe Wasikowska apply here as well. Having already been nominated in the past doesn't hurt, nor the fact that John Wright is directing her. I just don't know how Oscar-friendly the movie will be.
Anne Hathaway in One Day
Um, I just hope you don't remember what you've read so far because I'm going to say that she is talented, pretty and young. Please tell me the different order fooled you. I know more adjectives, I promise! But, that's the truth. She, too, is all these things and like Ronan, she already has a nomination to make her family proud. Scherfig's last movie gave Mulligan the chance to turn in an Oscar-nominated performance and even if Hathaway doesn't get nominated for Love and Other Drugs, she seems to at least increase her "like" factor in the industry (The anticipation for The Social Network has made me use Facebook terms).
Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin
The, young enough, extra-terrestially sexy and über-humanly talented Swinton doesn't have many Oscar factors to her favor except for the fact that she might be amazing as she so often is. Well, maybe the story will be dramatic enough for the Academy to regard the film as important but whatever happens, this is a movie and a performance I can't wait to see.