Performance by an actress in a leading role, 'The Queen'

When you’re “The Queen” with an Oscar, you can afford the occasional “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”  It looks like Helen Mirren will continue showing her acting range with the comedy crime drama “Angel Makers” (2008) and the family adventure “Inkheart” (2008) but enters Oscar territory once again in “Love Ranch” (2009), helmed by Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford (“Ray”).  The story, based on true events, centers on the couple who started the first legal brothel in Nevada.<br>
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Fellow nominees?<br>
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Penelope Cruz (“Volver”): "Elegy,"  "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," G-Force," "Los Abrazos Rotos" and "Nine"<br>
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Judi Dench (“Notes on a Scandal”): "Cranford" (TV) and "Quantum of Solace"<br>
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Meryl Streep(“The Devil Wears Prada”): "Rendition," "Lions for Lambs," "Mamma Mia!,"  "Doubt" and "Julie & Julia"<br>
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Kate Winslet (“Little Children”): "Revolutionary Road," "The Reader" and "Gnomeo and Juliet" (voice)
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( Laurie Sparham / Miramax Films )

When you’re “The Queen” with an Oscar, you can afford the occasional “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” It looks like Helen Mirren will continue showing her acting range with the comedy crime drama “Angel Makers” (2008) and the family adventure “Inkheart” (2008) but enters Oscar territory once again in “Love Ranch” (2009), helmed by Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford (“Ray”). The story, based on true events, centers on the couple who started the first legal brothel in Nevada.

Fellow nominees?

Penelope Cruz (“Volver”): "Elegy," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," G-Force," "Los Abrazos Rotos" and "Nine"

Judi Dench (“Notes on a Scandal”): "Cranford" (TV) and "Quantum of Solace"

Meryl Streep(“The Devil Wears Prada”): "Rendition," "Lions for Lambs," "Mamma Mia!," "Doubt" and "Julie & Julia"

Kate Winslet (“Little Children”): "Revolutionary Road," "The Reader" and "Gnomeo and Juliet" (voice)

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