The Academy loves to see an actor play against type, so the fact that this typically fairy-dusted starlet managed to be so convincing as a reprobate drug addict can't have escaped notice.
Simply put, Streep is far and away the most respected actress of her generation, and in "Doubt's" Sister Aloysius she found a meaty, deceptively nuanced role to throw her substantial weight behind.
Combining flapper glamour with flashes of grit, Jolie managed to retain a certain audacious femininity while still syncing perfectly with director Clint Eastwood's stark, distinctly masculine milieu…
Winslet has amassed six nominations in the past 13 years (along with two Golden Globes and two SAG kudos), and Academy voters may worry that her lack of an Oscar is starting to become conspicuous.
Much like her male counterpart Richard Jenkins, Leo has long been hiding in plain sight, unselfishly churning out superb supporting performances while lingering just below the radar.