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'Dragon Tattoo' star for Best Actress?

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It’s about to top the $10 million mark in domestic grosses. Now can The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo pull off another coup: an Oscar nomination for Best Actress? Nikki Finke over at Deadline.com had an interesting report yesterday about how the U.S. distributor of the Swedish film is laying the groundwork for an Academy campaign for star Noomi Rapace. I’m also hearing that Rapace, who’s in Los Angeles right now, has been meeting with high-profile personal publicists as well.

With all the hype over Stieg Larson’s books and the upcoming English-language remake of Dragon Tattoo, Rapace’s team is certainly smart to strike while the iron is hot. But she’s got tough competition for a nomination. The Kids Are All Right‘s Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are all but assured two of the five slots, while Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams, Love and Other Drugs‘ Anne Hathaway, Another Year‘s Lesley Manville, Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman, and Winter’s Bone‘s Jennifer Lawrence are all strong contenders as well. Can Rapace be this year’s Marion Cotillard? Stranger things have happened in Oscarland, but she’s got a long way to go.