We've got to admit we're not used to seeing Elizabeth Banks carry a serious role. She plays a (possibly) wrongfully imprisoned murderer in The Next Three Days, in theaters today, but we almost expect her to crack a lesbian or Martha Stewart joke (courtesy of Tina Fey) in her jail cell. But she was smart to take this role. Before Judd Apatow or Lorne Michaels could solidify her typecast as a hot, yet witty and neurotic professional, she's showcasing her grown-up acting chops for future award-winning roles. So, we decided to aid her Oscar run by displaying her commanding aesthetics (i.e. her pretty face and smokin' bod). Now, consider our submission of Elizabeth Banks' seriously hot pics as another example of why the girl needs Academy attention.

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