Oscars 2006: Early word on the Supporting Actress race
Where do Best Actress Oscar winners go years after their victories? Apparently, to the Supporting Actress race. Three past Best Actresses could compete against each other thanks to strong secondary performances this year: In North Country, Frances McDormand dusts off her Fargo accent; In Her Shoes' grandma Shirley MacLaine proves she can be immensely affecting in a subtle role; and The Family Stone's matriarch Diane Keaton exhibits her typically unique combination of humor and heartbreak. Other top contenders include past nominees Laura Linney (The Squid and the Whale), Catherine Keener (Capote), and Uma Thurman (The Producers, pictured), while the rest of the field is composed of potential first-timers: A History of Violence's Maria Bello, Brokeback Mountain's Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway, Memoirs of a Geisha's Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh, Thandie Newton and Sandra Bullock from Crash, and Walk the Line's Ginnifer Goodwin for their dramatic turns, and Proof's Hope Davis and Junebug's Amy Adams for their comedic work.