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Michael Douglas

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While most will remember Michael Douglas' Best Actor win in 1988 for "Wall Street," he has actually won two Academy Awards: the other for producing the Best Picture of 1976, "One Flew Over the…

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Morgan Freeman

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A veteran of stage and screens both big and small, actor Morgan Freeman plays against type with his portrayal of Charlie, a poetic and courtly hitman, in "Nurse Betty," helmer Neil LaBute's dark…

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Michelle Yeoh

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Michelle Yeoh is not James Bond's customary sidekick. Nevertheless in 1997, the then-35-year-old martial-arts starlet first found a mainstream American audience in "Tomorrow Never Dies."

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Bjork

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Lars von Trier's leading ladies have a winning way with anguishing roles. Emily Watson was showered with accolades for her tragically stoic perf in von Trier's "Breaking the Waves." And with his…

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Arguably no character in "Traffic" undergoes more radical change than that of Helena Ayala, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. In the first half of the film she is happily ensconced in luxury with her…

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Helen Hunt

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For someone who appeared in four films this year, Helen Hunt started the year off slowly. In fact, it wasn't until October that her first movie was released, the comedy "Dr. T and the Women." She…

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Jeff Bridges

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Always modest and still boyish at 51, Jeff Bridges is clearly not a power-seeker. But the role of the affable U.S. president in DreamWorks' political drama "The Contender" appealed to him the instant…

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Javier Bardem

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For Spain's Javier Bardem, the opportunity to portray a gay writer persecuted and jailed in Cuba who dies of complications from AIDS at age of 43 was "a gift from heaven."

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Laura Linney

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Although known primarily for studio fare, Laura Linney has very strong roots in theater, having appeared on Broadway in "Hedda Gabler," "The Seagull" and "Six Degrees of Separation."

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