I just saw Whip It for the second time and I felt inspired to join this forum to simply state that I am very impressed with Ellen. The last actress I was impressed with was Angelina Jolie in Girl Interrupted. I can't say I'm impressed with many of her roles since but if she plays a serious part she is pretty incredible. Ellen gave me the same impression when I saw her in Juno and again in Whip It. She is now my favorite actress. Ellen, if read this and I hope you will, I think you have a great career in front of you. Pick your roles well and we'll see you in the theatre for a long time to come.
By the way, I am pretty sure you will get at least nominated for the Oscar for Whip It. You were great. Have fun.