Filipino-American Actress Rises in 'True Grit'

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LOS ANGELES--For Hailee Steinfeld, the sky's the limit. The 14-year-old half-Jewish, half-Filipino actress from Thousand Oaks, Calif. burst out of the Hollywood scene after her stand-out role in the Coen brothers’ adaptation of the movie "True Grit." The original Western starred actor John Wayne.

Several Hollywood pundits and publications have lauded her performance. Many expect her to be nominated for an Oscar either in the supporting or leading actress category.

She’s already received a best actress nod from the 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for best supporting actress.

Time Magazine critic Richard Corliss listed Steinfeld’s performance as one of his top 10 of the year.