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

Amy Adams in 'Doubt'

  • Portrayed: Sister James, an impressionable nun at a Catholic school who gets caught in the middle of a scandal.
  • Previous Oscars: This is her second nomination; she got a nod in 2006 for "Junebug," but lost to Rachel Weisz.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review  |  Adams Profile

Penelope Cruz in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

  • Portrayed: Maria Elena, the jealous ex-wife of a painter prone to daliances.
  • Previous Oscars: This is her second nomination; she got a nod in 2007 for "Volver" but lost to Helen Mirren.
  • Resources: Review

Viola Davis in 'Doubt'

  • Portrayed: Mrs. Miller, the mother of a boy who may have been abused by a priest.
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is her first nomination.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Taraji P. Henson in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

  • Portrayed: Queenie, the woman who adopts Benjamin after he arrives on her doorstep.
  • Previous Oscars: None; this is her first nomination.
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review

Marisa Tomei in 'The Wrestler'

  • Portrayed: Cassidy, a stripper who befriends Mickey Rourke's washed-up wrestler.
  • Previous Oscars: This is her third nomination; she won in 1993 for "My Cousin Vinny."
  • Resources: Trailer  |  Review