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Monday, November 26, 2007

Awards Watch: The Leading Ladies

The distaff side of the lead acting categories is shaping up to be an interesting race this year, with several possible spoilers from the often overlooked comedy and musical genres.

Five women are sure to be the finalist in the Golden Globes' separate category for Best Actress in a laugher or tuner this year: Amy Adams (Enchanted), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd), Ellen Page (Juno) and Keri Russell (Waitress). The question remains -- who will break through to the Oscar top five? Right now, your best bets are on Adams and Page.

On the dramatic side of things, a host of previous winners are seeking another date with the golden boy: Halle Berry (Things We Lost in the Fire), Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Julie Christie (Away from Her), Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart), Nicole Kidman (Margot at the Wedding) and even Jodie Foster for her Death Wish-ish The Brave One. Past nominees back for another try include Keira Knightley (Atonement), Laura Linney (The Savages) and Naomi Watts (Eastern Promises). However, the surest thing is someone who has never been nominated, let alone won: Marion Cotillard, who has wowed the critics and art house fans by channeling chanteuse Edith Piaf in the French biopic, La Vie en Rose.

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