The past 12 months were littered with strong performances: Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook," Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty" and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway" in "Les Miserables" to name six. The issue at hand? Audiences expect those stars to give great performances. Sometimes, it's the surprises that are even more awe-inspiring than the veterans.
From 9-year-old Quevenzhane Wallis to 40-year-old Leslie Mann and many in between, below find 13 of 2012's best breakout performances. As usual, some of your favorites were likely left out; feel free to offer them a note of support in the comments section below.