March 06, 2006 12:00 PM

Brokeback Mountain

Just about every one of these actresses is deserving, but if the prize has to go to only one—and it does—let it be Catherine Keener, who brings a quirky humor and verisimilitude to every character she plays. She does exactly that in Capote, portraying Harper Lee (who would soon write To Kill a Mockingbird), the childhood pal who served as Truman Capote’s research aide on In Cold Blood. Keener’s genial Lee is the audience’s conduit into the movie. When she likes Capote, we do; when she finally gives up on him, we know that all is lost.

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