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Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds

Diane spoke — what? — German, French, and English in Basterds. Plus, she played an actress-spy!

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Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

We were so excited about The Young Victoria that we counted down the days to its premiere with Victorian-era coverage. With her portrayal of Queen Victoria, Emily Blunt showed us not just history or a love story, but the woman who made the British monarchy what it is today.

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Zooey Deschanel, (500) Days of Summer

OK, (500) Days of Summer was entertaining but not mind-blowing (as if a rom-com could be), but Zooey Deschanel is always a pleasure. As are her clothes!

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Amy Adams, Julie & Julia

We get it: Meryl Streep is ah-maze-ing as Julia Child. But what about Amy Adams?

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Marion Cotillard, Nine

Because the only thing possibly harder than playing the wife of a confused, abused, and philandering film director is being one.

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Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Well her British accent is certainly better than her Boston accent on 30 Rock! So that's one thing, but she also nailed the part of boozy, divorcée Charley in A Single Man.

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Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones

She was a surprise in Atonement, but only got lovelier in The Lovely Bones. Also, playing a dead girl? Not easy.

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Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds

This woman took down Hitler, if only fictitiously. That deserves something!

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Abbie Cornish, Bright Star

Abbie Cornish had a lot stacked against her in Bright Star — like the worst movie title ever — but she made the period, the character, and the poet, John Keats, shine.

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Karen O, Score Composer For Where the Wild Things Are

I admit. I was bored during Where the While Things Are, but the one thing that held my attention was the music. Karen O., lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, deserves something for carrying this movie.

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