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This year's nominees in the Best Actress category.

Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age

  • Portrayed: Queen Elizabeth I
  • Previous Oscars: This is her fourth nomination. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005, for her turn as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator."
  • Blanchett Fact: She will be seen later this year in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Julie Christie in Away From Her

  • Portrayed: Fiona Anderson
  • Previous Oscars: This is her fourth nomination; she won Best Actress in 1966, for her role in "Darling."
  • Christie Fact: During her lengthy career, the much-admired actress has turned down plum roles in major movies such as "Reds," "American Gigolo" and "The Verdict."
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose

  • Portrayed: Edith Piaf
  • Previous Oscars: This is her first nomination.
  • Cotillard Fact: The French actress often slept while artists spent hours applying the various layers of make-up required to transform her into Piaf.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Laura Linney in The Savages

  • Portrayed: Wendy Savage
  • Previous Oscars: This is her third nomination. She has never won.
  • Linney Fact: The actress is the daughter of noted playwright Romulus Linney.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review  |  Profile

Ellen Page in Juno

  • Portrayed: Juno MacGuff
  • Previous Oscars: This is her first nomination.
  • Page Fact: The Nova Scotia native will turn 21 three days before this year's Oscar ceremony.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review  |  Profile