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Why Critics Choice win for Jessica Chastain (‘Eyes of Tammy Faye’) would be an especially good sign for Oscars

Why Critics Choice win for Jessica Chastain (‘Eyes of Tammy Faye’) would be an especially good sign for Oscars

Jessica Chastain has been nominated twice at the Oscars without winning, but the Critics Choice Awards had her back when they gave her Best Actress for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012). She’s nominated again this year for playing the title role in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Can she win again and this time ride that wave to her first Oscar win?

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Zero Dark Thirty” was hailed by film journalists at the time, winning Chastain awards from multiple regional critics groups across the country as well as that Critics Choice prize, but momentum shifted when industry peer groups weighed in. Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) won at the BAFTAs, and Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) took SAG and Oscar.

The good news for Chastain is that if she wins Critics Choice again,

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