At the time, I was fine with Blanchett winning because I wanted her to have an Oscar…or I also wanted Portman and I would have been okay with Madsen. I didn’t see Kinsey prior to the Oscars and I didn’t care for Hotel Rwanda or Sophie Okonedo in it.
Now, however, my ranking would be this:
#1-Laura Linney (not a common choice, but this was a great opportunity to reward her and I still vividly remember her from the film more than any other aspect)
#2-Virginia Madsen (if only for the simple but beautiful wine monologue)
#3-Cate Blanchett (as strong a #3 choice as there can be….she was definitely enjoyable in the role and I still support her win)
#4-Natalie Portman (definitely good, solid 4th place)
#5-Sophie Okonedo (her Oscar clip was really her only “moment” as I recall)
As for who should’ve been in this lineup, at least in place of Okonedo:
Maia Morgenstern, The Passion of the Christ
Kirsten Dunst, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sandra Oh, Sideways
Regina King, Ray
Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland
I think Blanchett deserved this. She was my personal favourite followed closely by Portman. I may cop flack for this but I would have nominated Gena Rowlands (The Notebook) over Sophie Okonedo.
My rankings for this category would be:
1. Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)
2. Natalie Portman (Closer)
3. Laura Linney (Kinsey)
4. Virginia Madsen (Sideways)
5. Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda)
Actually the Gena Rowlands mention isn’t worth ducking about….it was a nice performance. In fact, if I recall, she actually had some strong fans and last minute dark horse buzz even though she missed out on a SAG nomination while James Garner didn’t.
I do remember that Tom O’Neil predicted her for a nomination to possibly slip in under the radar but then Okonedo came in. I personally didn’t think Rowlands would make it, but I agree she was definitely memorable in it…as was Garner.
Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls
Of the nominees, Madsen.
Regina King should’ve been nominated and I would have given her the win.
Virginia gets my vote.