1. Holly Hunter as Melanie 'mel' Freeland in Thirteen: Holly Hunter is a great actress and she is outstanding as a woman who is trying to cope with her daughter's (who is played by Evan Rachel Wood who should have gotten a Best Actress nomination) descent into adolescence. Very real performance that, as Nick of Nick's Flick picks said in his review of the film, keeps the film grounded.
2. Shohreh Aghdashloo as Nadi Behrani in House Of Sand And Fog: Aghdashloo is heartbreaking and, like Hunter, anchors her film. Both she and Kingsly work great together and it's a very beautiful, and powerful performance.
3. Patricia Clarkson as Joy Burns in Pieces Of April: Fabulous work. Clarkson is funny, warm, and sad as a woman who is dying of cancer and is the best thing about Pieces Of April.
4. Marcia Gay-Harden as Celeste Boyle in Mystic River: Even better then her work in Pollock, in my opinion. The subtle intensity of her performance is haunting and she's able to really knock this role out of the park, which in the hands of other actress's, could have been bland or over the top.
5. Renee Zellweger as Ruby Thewes in Cold Mountain: Oh, Renee. You were so much better in Bridget Jones's Diary and Chicago. Zellweger's horribly over mannered performance is just too much and although she gives some life to the film, it just comes across as bad.
What do you think?