By Leah Rozen
February 25, 2008 12:00 PM

Cate Blanchett
I’m Not There

Ruby Dee

American Gangster

Saoirse Ronan

Atonement

Amy Ryan

Gone Baby Gone

Tilda Swinton

Michael Clayton

Portraying a beer-chugging single mom in Gone Baby Gone, Broadway veteran Amy Ryan was able vividly to squeeze a whole lifetime of hurt and hard times into just a few riveting scenes.