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This year's nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There

  • Portrayed: Jude Quinn
  • Previous Oscars: This is her fourth nomination. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005.
  • Blanchett Fact: The actress is currently pregnant with her third child; she and husband Andrew Upton expect the baby in April.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Ruby Dee in American Gangster

  • Portrayed: Mama Lucas
  • Previous Oscars: This is her first nomination.
  • Dee Fact: In 2004 Dee and husband Ossie Davis received the Kennedy Center Honors. Davis, her husband of more than 54 years, died the following year.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Saoirse Ronan in Atonement

  • Portrayed: Briony Tallis
  • Previous Oscars: This is her first nomination.
  • Ronan Fact: The 13-year-old will play the role of Susie Salmon in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones."
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone

  • Portrayed: Helene McCready
  • Previous Oscars: This is her first nomination.
  • Ryan Fact: Ryan has been nominated for two Tony Awards for her stage work. She also has a recurring role on HBO's "The Wire."
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review

Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton

  • Portrayed: Karen Crowder
  • Previous Oscars: This is her first nomination.
  • Swinton Fact: The British actress attended boarding school with the late Princess Diana.
  • Resources: Film Clip  |  Review