So, we ended a decade, so it's high time I did this and I'm gonna start with this category since it's the easiest to decide and this category is the most popular one (but it's not my favorite). I give very brief comments.
1. Mo'Nique in Precious: Horror, anger, disappointment, bitterness. This performance is sheer perfection. I was sceptic at the beginning but in the last few weeks something came to me and I just can't get her out of my head. This is unbelievable and in my overall ranking a #3 right now. It's just... I'm just watching it over and over.
2. Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton: Great actress, chilling performance, deserved surprise award.
3. Marcia Gay Harden in Pollock: Again great actress, great performance and the most deserved huge upset win ever.
4. Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener: Weisz gives a very intelligent and great performance, which becomes much greater in your mind after watching it.
5. Cate Blanchett in The Aviator: She's like Mercedes Ruehl. I'm not sure if she was fully deserving, but I really loved her a lot.
6. Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona: People either adore or loathe her. Well, I sure like her, but this is not a deserved win. Entertaining work, though.
7. Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind: This is such a dull performance and a worse version of Marcia Gay Harden's character in Pollock.
8. Catharine Zeta-Jones in Chicago: Sometimes she's good, she looks great, sings well and everything in good in itself but this performance is a bit pretentious.
9. Renée Zellweger in Cold Mountain: Gosh, that accent was sooooooooooooo horrible. It really bothered my ears. This is one of those "rewarding the big star" awards.
10.Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls: I used to love this performance (yes, I did), but I guess I just was the victim of the nice brainwashing hype and in time I discovered the real nature of this performance.