Cate Blanchett -
Laura Linney - THE SAVAGES
Marion Cotillard - LA VIE EN ROSE
Ellen Page - JUNO
Julie Christie - AWAY FROM HER
I haven't seen most of these films (only Juno and The Savages) but I'm hoping that Ellen Page takes home the Oscar this year. Page's likeable, precocious Juno is the heart and soul of this film, and a major reason that Juno has resonated with so many people and makes more box-office money in a week than all the other films in this category put together. As screenwriter Diablo Cody said, Page "f's the dialouge into submission". Wizard.
UPDATE: Marion Cotillard won this in an upset. The Academy will award anybody in these music "bio-pic" movies; Jamie Fox, Joquian Phoenix and now this. Cliche! I'm gonna have to watch this movie now.