1. Celia Foote, The Help
You’d think it would be hard to stand out in an ensemble of actresses that includes Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, and Bryce Dallas Howard. However, even though Chastain was the newbie in the group, she was a genuine scene stealer in The Help. She plays Celia Foote, a working-class-girl-turned-socialite in a world full of women who’ve never struggled in their lives.
In each and every scene that Chastain appears in, she shows how Celia’s insecurities and kind-hearted mentality put her at odds with her crowd. What’s more important, though, is how Chastain shows us Celia’s growth as she starts to trust her instincts, care less about what those around her think, and build a life for herself. Chastain was so impressive in The Help that she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.