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Movie junkie Jann Arden thinks 'The Help' will clean up on Oscar night

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TORONTO - The Canadian Press has been asking entertainment personalities to share their thoughts on Sunday's Academy Awards. Today, singer and self-professed film nut Jann Arden discusses the categories that intrigue her the most and predicts "The Help" will take home the big prize.

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"There's just been so many, so many, so many great movies but I'm so torn between Glenn Close's 'Albert Nobbs' and 'The Iron Lady' with (Meryl) Streep. And then there's Michelle Williams in the Marilyn (Monroe) movie. I think the race for the best actress is going to be really, really interesting," said Arden.

"I love the Oscars, I love all the pomp and circumstances and I love the speeches — however boring 99.9 per cent of them are. Once in awhile you get a guy walking on the tops of chairs that ... makes it worth your while ... I love the movies, they're such a huge part of my life. I'm a movie junkie."

The singer, currently on a cross-Canada tour, says she's curious to see whether "Bridesmaids" actress Melissa McCarthy can take home a gold statuette for a comedic role. As for best picture?

"I have a feeling that 'The Help' is going to win the whole nine yards," she said. "I don't know why. I think that's going to be best picture. I don't know. Voting is so screwy at those things you just wait. Everybody votes for their friends so we'll see who has the most friends."

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The best actress nominees are: Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"; Viola Davis in "The Help"; Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"; Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"; Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn."

The supporting actress nominees are: Berenice Bejo in "The Artist"; Jessica Chastain in "The Help"; Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"; Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"; Octavia Spencer in "The Help."

The best picture nominees are: "The Artist"; "The Descendants"; "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; "The Help"; "Hugo"; "Midnight in Paris"; "Moneyball"; "The Tree of Life"; "War Horse."

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