STAR TO WATCH: Mila Kunis
I made much of my disdain for Mila Kunis's shot at an Oscar nomination for her work in "Black Swan," thinking it an unfair diss to more deserving supporting actresses. But never did I mean to wish any ill will upon Kunis herself, as the black-haired stunner has a natural talent and a natural inclination for holding the camera's attention. In truth, she really didn't need that Oscar nod; her turn in "Swan" has catapulted her to the A-List. She's graced more magazine covers, made more TV appearances, turned more heads and sealed more deals in the past few months than she has in her entire career.
Known, of course, for her TV stints on "That '70's Show" and "Family Guy," Kunis, 27, has long been focused on comedy. Her first big film role beyond bit parts and straight-to-DVD fare came in 2008, when she starred opposite Jason Segel and Kristen Bell in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." She followed that with "Extract," Mike Judge's 2009 follow-up to "Idiocracy," continuing to play the busty babe in a male-dominated universe. In 2010, she aimed for more serious projects with "The Book of Eli," a post-apocalyptic actioner with Denzel Washington, and "Swan." By year's end, she was a red carpet MVP and a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominee.