Nominees: Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There), Ruby Dee (American Gangster), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton).
Who Should Win: Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)
It's no secret that I'd listen to Tilda Swinton read from the phone book and be pleased, but she deserves the Oscar because she did so much with so little. Her character was a rather throw-away ice queen, but Tilda turned her into a fully three-dimensional character, arm pit sweat and all.
The WTF? Nominee: Ruby Dee (American Gangster)
I guess the Academy realized they didn't reach their ethnic quota and threw a nomination in Ruby Dee's way. Don't get me wrong, Dee is fine, and she's usually excellent, but she's got lack of screen time (particularly in a three hour film) and lack of significance going against her.