1. JUDI DENCH , "Mrs. Henderson Presents." A delight as a deliciously imperious dowager.
2. VERA FARMIGA, "Down to the Bone." A revelation as a working-class junkie struggling to get clean.
3. CONNIE NIELSEN, "Brothers." Brilliant as a Danish soldier's conflicted wife.
4. NAOMI WATTS, "King Kong." Who else could really sell this interspecies love story?
5. REESE WITHERSPOON, "Walk the Line." Hard to believe she's not really a Nashville star.