December 10, 2007 12:00 PM

1 SHE ACES ACCENTS And not just American, though that too counts for this native Australian. Her globe-spanning gab has included English, Irish, Russian and German accents.

2 HER RANGE IS LIMITLESS Equally adept at low comedy (Bandits) and high drama (Babel), she easily could play either a devil or an angel wearing Prada.

3 OSCAR LOVES HER With one win (for The Aviator) and two more nominations, she may yet match Streep’s two wins and 12 additional noms.

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