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Lead actress cheat sheet

A look at possible contenders for best actress

Cate Blanchett (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)

  • Won an Oscar for “The Aviator,” and has four additional noms: “Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “Notes on a Scandal” and “I’m Not There.”
  • One of 11 thesps to be nominated in two acting categories in the same year.
  • “Button” marks her second role in a film with Brad Pitt — two years after “Babel” — and her first time working with director David Fincher.

Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”)

  • No previous Oscar nomination.
  • Her next film, Gary Winick’s “Bride Wars,” also deals with a wedding, but this time it’s a comedy and she plays a bride-to-be.
  • She’s got Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Burr Steers’ “The Fiance” and “The Opposite of Love,” based on the bestselling debut novel by Julie Buxbaum, coming up.

Angelina Jolie (“Changeling”)

  • Won an Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance in “Girl, Interrupted.”
  • Said after reading the “Changeling” script she didn’t want to do it but eventually accepted the role of Christine Collins because she couldn’t forget the character.
  • Has appeared (or done voiceover work) in six films that have each grossed more than $100 million domestically.

Kristin Scott Thomas (“I’ve Loved You So Long”)

  • Oscar-nominated for “The English Patient.”
  • Has lived in France 25 years and has distinctive English-language and French-language movie careers.
  • Won an Olivier Award for her role in Chekhov’s “The Seagull” at London’s Royal Court Theater and is currently starring in the Broadway revival of the production.

Meryl Streep (“Doubt”)

  • Has won two Oscars (“Sophie’s Choice,” “Kramer vs. Kramer”) plus nabbed 12 nominations.
  • One of 13 actors to receive an Oscar nod in an acting category for three consecutive years.
  • Thesp’s first musical endeavor, “Mamma Mia!,” was a box office hit, taking in $143 million domestic and $545 million worldwide.

Kate Winslet (“Revolutionary Road”)

  • Has been Oscar nominated five times: “Sense and Sensibility,” “Titanic,” “Iris,” “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Little Children.”
  • Golden Globe nominated for the same films, but like the Oscars, has never won.
  • Displayed her sense of humor in “Extras,” in which she’s playing a nun and openly vies for the Oscar.

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