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Helena Bonham Carter, Awards Season MVP

This awards season, the Hollywood players who can generally be relied upon to keep things interesting have shirked their duty, kept their mouths shut, and campaigned real hard for an Oscar. (We're looking at you, Bale, Fincher, O. Russell, Weinstein, and Rudin.) While all this good behavior is, perhaps, commendable, it is also dull. For those looking for a little bit of personality in their nominees, the best bet has been the Best Supporting Actress category, where Melissa Leo and Helena Bonham Carter have been providing all the fun. While likely winner Leo is responsible for the best WTF moment of the race — her own personal campaign ads — her entertaining antics have had an earnest feel: They're faux pas that signify just how badly, and wholeheartedly, she wants to win. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter — who, to be fair, probably wouldn't mind winning — has been conducting just as entertaining a campaign, but in a totally different (witty, dry, self-aware) register. Consider her most infamous contribution to this year's spectacle, the mismatched shoes she wore to the Golden Globes (at right), and then consider that Bonham Carter has worn something much more tasteful to every single other awards show she's attended. In short, on the biggest stage yet, she brought the weird, in an active attempt to delight red-carpet viewers everywhere. We, for one, appreciate the effort and recognize that all campaign she's been putting it forth, more or less day in and day out. So, thank you, Helena Bonham Carter. Let's take a look at your highlight reel.

Ten great things Helena Bonham Carter has done or said to spice up this year's Oscar race, not even including the mismatched shoes.

1. "On the whole I get things deliberately wrong, on the whole I provide a service, because perfectionism is completely overrated ... at least I make it like, 'Yay, it’s okay to look catastrophic in dress. It’s ok.' [The mismatched shoes] was a decision. I was meaning to wear these ones, but I had done so many in these … but the feet hurt. I was gonna wear these, then I just thought I cant do it. So I went for the slightly low ones, and then I thought, I don’t know which color, and then I thought, I cant decide, I'm a Gemini, so it’s just like whatever." —Tonight Show

2. "When they first approached me, I wanted to play George ’cause I thought that was the best part. They said, ‘Not interested.’ And then I thought, ‘Well, Lionel?’ It was a boys’ movie. That’s the honest truth. I didn’t look in the mirror and think, ‘God, I’m a dead ringer to the Queen Mother.’” —EW

3. "Menopause and a nomination, it's great for the hormones." —Yahoo

4. Sporting this disdainful look while Melissa Leo gave an overly earnest Golden Globe speech.
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5. Piers Morgan: [On Colin winning an oscar.] Have you thought who you would dedicate to, if anybody? Who’d you be thinking of in that moment?
Colin Firth: … urm … well … you know …
Helena Bonham Carter: Can I chip in here?
Firth: Yeah, go on, darling.
Bonham Carter: Me!
Piers Morgan

8. "I don’t think [The King's Speech] needs to be cut down. I think every 13-year-old knows [the words], I think every 8-year-old [does]. It’s the whole point of it. It’s not to be offensive. I think they said they were going to put the bleeps.'' —EW

7. "Today I'm wearing huge breasts. No, it's a corset. They're still real." — At the Directors Guild Awards, Daily Mail

8. "I don’t think [The King's Speech] needs to be cut down. I think every 13-year-old knows [the words], I think every 8-year-old [does]. It’s the whole point of it. It’s not to be offensive. I think they said they were going to put the bleeps.'' —EW

9. "God knows how much I've cost them in therapy" —About her children, [ Access Hollywood]

10. "I did do a movie before I slept with [Tim Burton], basically, and it’s very different. We went through a bad time on Sweeney Todd ... I was pregnant, so I wasn't on my caffeine that I need to act with, and I was pretty sick, and I was learning to sing. And Tim actually hates musicals, but he likes that one ... And I learned, I can't just walk on set and assume the same relationship as we have in the house. Because basically at home, I am chief. And on set, obviously, he is. So the next time [when he asked me to work on Alice and Wonderland,] we did ten commandments. I have to think before I speak, which will help in every area of my life. He can't take me for granted. He has to give me a compliment ... He’s really wonderful to work with, if you don’t have two children with him." —The Hollywood Reporter