Best Supporting Actress
6) Jennifer Garner, Juno
Yes I realize nominating the woman otherwise known as Sydney Bristow opens me up to potential swiping, but Garner is very good in this role. I'm not the biggest Juno fan you'll ever meet, but Garner displays a talent she has niftily kept hidden away and she will do well off the back of this.
5) Anjelica Huston, Choke
A flawed film saved by good acting, none more so blatant then Ms Huston, giving the best performance I've seen her give in a long time. Sometimes its great to be reminded how good an actor someone is.
4) Helena Bonham Carter, Sweeney Todd
Ms Carter is a frequent fixture at all kinds of awards and with good reason. Even when singing she puts in a good performance and does much better in this situation then Depp does. Not one of Burton's best but a noteworthy moment in Carter's career
3) Kelly MacDonald, No Country for Old Men
In a film dominated by men, MacDonald still manages to make an impact and even holds her own against the juggernaut that is Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh. It could have been just another bland girlfriend role, but MacDonald lends it a real likability that transcends her slight archetype of a character.
2) Marcia Gay Harden, The Mist
Scarier then any 50ft monster from another dimension, Harden's Ms Carmody is a religious bigot who prays on people's fear and naivete. A terrific example of how religion will destroy the world and its great to see a woman leave her male cast in the dust in such an awesome way.
1) Cate Blanchett, I'm Not ThereAnd the best female performance of the year is as a man. Trust me there was no gender politics in this decision, its just Blanchett is so terrific that it is a performance impossible to ignore. She is more Bob Dylan then any of her male counterparts also inhabiting the role. Blanchett has her critics, but this is a performance to truly silence them.