When Ellen DeGeneres takes to the stage of the Dolby Theatre as Oscar host in March, the experience may seem eerily familiar to her. And it won’t just be because she previously emceed the 2006 Academy Awards. Rather, she may see many of the same faces sitting in the audience now as then since a number of nominees from back could contend again.
The Best Actress lineup could well include three ladies who lost the race back then to Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) — Judi Dench, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet — as well as 2006 supporting nominee Cate Blanchett while the supporting actress roster may include 2006 lead actress contender Penelope Cruz.
And Best Director winner Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) could be in the running to pick up a bookend with “The Wolf of Wall Street” while helmer Paul Greengrass (“United 93) is hoping for his first win with “Captain Phillips.”
To take a closer look at the 2006 contenders most likely to reap repeat bids, click the arrow to the right of the photo below.