The 2012 Academy Awards are almost here and "Extra" takes a closer look at this year's Best Supporting Actresses: Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and Octavia Spencer.

The Extra List: 2012 Best Actress Nominees

The Extra List: 2012 Best Actor Nominees

The Extra List: 2012 Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Best Supporting Actress Nominees 2012: Did You Know?

Berenice Bejo

Nominated for: "The Artist"Award-Worthy: nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for "The Artist"Interesting Fact: Berenice grew up in Paris but was born in Buenos Aires.Quote: One of Bejo's regrets while working on "The Artist" was not having more screen time with Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier. "I only got to do two scenes with him. It's too bad. He's a big star now. He's even got the Palm Dog at Cannes."

Jessica Chastain

Nominated for: "The Help"Award-Worthy: nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award for "The Help"Interesting Fact: Chastain is a vegan.Quote: "I love that people don't know me. I was just at the airport [and] there's a guy with a camera, asking me a couple of questions. I get into my car and I hear him say to someone else, 'I don't know... Kate Walsh?' So that's the stage I'm in right now."

Melissa McCarthy

Nominated for: "Bridesmaids"Award-Worthy: nominated for a BAFTA and SAG Award for "Bridesmaids"Interesting Fact: She is Jenny McCarthy's cousin.Quote: McCarthy on the famous dressing-room scene in "Bridesmaids": "It was a train wreck that we were all trying to stop. To me that's not raunchy. It was wildly embarrassing and sad."

Janet McTeer

Nominated for: "Albert Nobbs"Award-Worthy: Oscar nominated for "Tumbleweeds" (1999)Interesting Fact: She and co-star Glenn Close became good friends while filming "Albert Nobbs."Quote: On working with Close: "When we work together, there's a combination of extremely committed hard work and a huge amount of laughter. We're very sync in that sense."

Octavia Spencer

Nominated for: "The Help"Award-Worthy: a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleInteresting Fact/Quote: While working with the child actors who played her kids during the filming of "The Help," Spencer realized they needed a better grasp of what life was like for African Americans in the 1960s."They had to be in as much distress as I was in," the actress explained to Entertainment Weekly. "[To] one little boy, the youngest one, I said, 'Well what do you want to be when you grow up?' and he said, 'A fireman!' and I said, 'Well, you can't. The only thing you can do is mow lawns.' And his little lip quivered. He was just heartbroken." Apparently, they nailed the scene and Octavia showered them with "lots of gifts."

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