Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock
Kate Hudson, Almost Famous *
Frances McDormand, Almost Famous
Julie Walters, Billy Elliot
Youth wins out this year as Hudson, glowing as brightly as mom Goldie Hawn did back in her early days, demonstrated tremendous self-assurance in her starmaking turn as a teenage groupie in the commercially underappreciated Almost Famous. In a movie filled with terrific acting, including that of fellow nominee McDormand, Hudson more than held her own. Backup pick: Harden, who was vigorously artful as painter Lee Krasner in Pollock.