From Penelope Cruz to Rachel Weisz to Emily Blunt what a weak class it is
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Previous nominations or wins:
Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, "The Madness of King George," (1995)
Nominee, Best Actress, "Gosford Park," (2002)
Won, Best Actress, "The Queen," (2007)
Pros: She received great reviews out of Telluride for her performance as Tolstoy's wife Sofya. With only Streep having more pedigree, if the movie performs it's hard to see her not getting in.
Cons: She certainly ran with the paycheck roles after winning for "The Queen" didn't she? Most Academy members are going to remember she was in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" or "Inkheart," but it's worth noting. And as with a number of her competitors, the question of whether the role is leading or supporting will be debated and scrutinized by competing Academy consultants, pundits and, most importantly, voters.