Queen Latifah (Chicago)

Best Supporting Actress

2003 wins: None

Nominated: Golden Globes, SAG Awards; BAFTA

Oscar pedigree: None

Queen Latifah on growing up: “As a kid, I watched all those old musicals. I love ‘The Sound of Music’ and a million other movies like it. It was like going on a journey in filmmaking to another land. When I heard they were making ‘Chicago’ into a film, I really wanted to try to earn the part.”

What we said: “Making the Matron a sharp exploiter with her eye firmly on the dollar but not completely without loyalty, Latifah socks across the saucy ‘When You’re Good to Mama.’ ” — David Rooney, Dec. 10)

What they said: “What a good idea to cast Queen Latifah in the role of Mama, the prison matron. She belts out ‘When You’re Good to Mama’ with the superb assurance of a performer who knows what good is and what Mama likes.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This could be the night: Voters have been flip-flopping categories for Catherine Zeta-Jones. The confusion could split votes and allow Latifah to sneak in a victory.

Then comes the rub: Hip-hop artists-turned-actors draw audiences, but do they win Oscars?

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