#5 diane keaton in 'somethings got to give' somehow got a nom. longevity perhaps? a dark horse deservedly left in the dark. i have just never 'got' ms keaton. perhaps i never will.
#4 samantha morton was just wonderful in 'in america' and someday she may score a win as she is damn good in most all of her performances.
#3 keisha castle-hughes was a surprise nominee for 'the whale rider'. a younger actress who snuck by the supporting nomination where they are generally placed. her performance was touching and believable. her nom in and of itself was a win.
#2 naomi watts nominee was brilliant in '27 grams'. she gets better and better film after film. one day she may take the statue home.
#1 charlize theron in 'monster' won the award portraying serial killer aileen wournos and there was never any doubt she would. a brilliant performance that ranks among the best of oscar wins. it was the role of a lifetime that has yet to be matched by the actress herself. perhaps that is asking too much.
the beautiful charlize theron as opposed to the monster pictured above. damn that's a real transformation.