February 28, 2005 12:00 PM


Every time Blanchett, leading with her jaw, briskly strode onto the screen as Katharine Hepburn in Aviator, she lifted the movie. Sure, she had Hepburn’s starchy New England accent and angularity down pat, but her performance was more than an impression: It was a considered, witty interpretation of the fabled star. Runner-up: Madsen, who, with little more than a warm, knowing smile, turned her Sideways character into a woman obviously wise in experience.


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