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Great Performances It still amazes me that a movie year can be filled with so many great performances yet the Academy gives awards to someone like Michael Caine in Cider House Rules or Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted. Below are the actors and actresses who should have won on Oscar night -- although some of them suprisingly did. They are the people who I feel gave the most challenging, most memorable and the all-around strongest performances of the year. Winners appear in blue.

The Best of 2005

Actor

Ralph
Fiennes

The Constant
Gardener

Philip Seymour
Hoffman

Capote

Terrence
Howard

Hustle
& Flow

Heath
Ledger

Brokeback
Mountain

Joaquin
Phoenix

Walk
the Line

Actress

Emmanuelle
Devos

Kings
& Queen

Felicity
Huffman

Transamerica

Keira
Knightley

Pride &
Prejudice

Gwenyth
Paltrow

Proof

Reese
Witherspoon

Walk the Line

Supporting
Actor

George
Clooney

Syriana

Matt
Dillon

Crash

Jesse
Eisenberg

The Squid
& the Whale

Ed
Harris

A History
of Violence

Frank
Langella

Good Night,
& Good Luck.

Supporting
Actress

Amy
Adams

Junebug

Maria
Bello

A History
of Violence

Rachel
Weisz

The Constant
Gardener

Michelle
Williams

Brokeback
Mountain

Ziyi
Zhang

2046
The Best of 2004

Actor

Gael García
Bernal

Bad
Education

Jeff
Bridges

The Door in
the Floor

Johnny
Depp

Finding
Neverland

Paul
Giamatti

Sideways

Jamie
Foxx

Ray

Actress

Annette
Benning

Being Julia

Julie
Delpy

Before
Sunset

Laura
Dern

We Don't Live
Here Anymore

Catalina
Sandino
Moreno

Maria Full
of Grace

Imelda
Staunton

Vera Drake

Supporting
Actor

Alan
Alda

The
Aviator

Thomas
Haden Church

Sideways

Jamie
Foxx

Collateral

Clive
Owen

Closer

Peter
Sarsgaard

Kinsey

Supporting
Actress

Cate
Blanchett

The
Aviator

Laura
Linney

Kinsey

Virginia
Madsen

Sideways

Kerry
Washington

Ray

Kate
Winslet

Finding
Neverland
The Best of 2003

Actor

Peter
Dinklage

The Station
Agent

Paul
Guimatti

American
Splendor

Ben
Kingsley

House of
Sand and Fog

Bill
Murray

Lost in
Translation

Sean
Penn

Mystic River

Actress

Keisha
Castle-Hughes

Whale Rider

Scarlett
Johanssen

Lost in
Translation

Charlize
Theron

Monster

Uma
Thurman

Kill Bill,
Vol.1

Naomi
Watts

21 Grams

Supporting
Actor

Sean
Astin

Return of
the King

Paul
Bettany

Master and
Commander

Benicio
del Toro

21 Grams

Peter
Sarsgaard

Shattered
Glass

Tim
Robbins

Mystic River

Supporting
Actress

Patricia
Clarkson

Pieces of
April

Hope
Davis

American Splendor

Marcia
Gay Harden

Mystic River

Holly
Hunter

Thirteen

Melissa
Leo

21 Grams
The Best of 2002

Actor

Nicolas
Cage

Adaptation

Hugh
Grant

About a Boy

Jack
Nicholson

About Schmidt

Aurelin
Recoing

Time Out

Campbell
Scott

Roger
Dodger

Actress

Maggie
Gyllenhaal

Secretary

Isabelle
Huppert

The Piano Teacher

Nicole
Kidman

The Hours

Julianne
Moore

Far From
Heaven

Renee
Zellweger

Chicago

Supporting
Actor

Alan
Arkin

13 Conversations about One Thing

Chris
Cooper

Adaptation

Willem
Dafoe

Autofocus

John C.
Reilly

Chicago

Dennis
Quaid

Far From
Heaven

Supporting
Actress

Edie
Falco

Sunshine
State

Julianne
Moore

The Hours

Emily
Mortimer

Lovely
& Amazing

Bebe
Neuwirth

Tadpole

Meryl
Streep

Adaptation
The Best of 2001

Actor

John Cameron
Mitchell

Hedwig & the Angry Inch

Haley Joel
Osment

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Guy
Pierce

Memento

Billy Bob
Thorton

The Man Who Wasn't There

Tom
Wilkinson

In the
Bedroom

Actress

Halle
Berry

Monster's Ball

Margaret
Cheung

In the Mood for Love

Sissy
Spacek

In the
Bedroom

Tilda
Swinton

The Deep End

Naomi
Watts

Mulholland
Drive

Supporting
Actor

Steve
Buscemi

Ghost World

Brian
Cox

L.I.E.

Ben
Kingsley

Sexy Beast

Jude
Law

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Tony
Shaloub

The Man Who Wasn't There

Supporting
Actress

Phoebe
Cates

The
Anniversary
Party

Scarlett
Johanssen

Ghost World

Helen
Mirren

Gosford Park

Marisa
Tomei

In the Bedroom

Emily
Watson

Gosford Park
The Best of 2000

Actor

Javier
Bardem

Before Night
Falls

Michael
Douglas

Wonder Boys

Clive
Owen

Croupier

Mark
Ruffalo

You Can Count
on Me

Geoffrey
Rush

Quills

Actress

Bjork
Dancer in the Dark

Ellen
Burstyn

Requiem for a Dream

Laura
Linney

You Can Count
on Me

Julia
Roberts

Erin
Brockovich

Michelle
Yeoh

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Supporting
Actor

Don
Cheadle

Traffic

Rory
Culkan

You Can Count
on Me

Benicio
del Toro

Traffic

Joaquin
Phoenix

Quills

Joaquin
Phoenix

Gladiator

Supporting
Actress

Jennifer
Connelly

Requiem for a Dream

Frances
McDormand

Almost Famous

Lupe
Ontiverios

Chuck & Buck

Kate
Winslet

Quills

Zhang
Ziyi

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Best of 1999

Actor

Russell
Crowe

The Insider

Matt
Damon

The Talented
Mr. Ripley

Sean
Penn

Sweet and Lowdown

Terrence
Stamp

The Limey

Denzel
Washington

The Hurricane

Actress

Annette
Benning

American Beauty

Thandie
Newton

Besieged

Cecilia
Roth

All About My Mother

Hilary
Swank

Boys Don't Cry

Reese
Witherspoon

Election

Supporting
Actor

Wes
Bentley

American Beauty

Tom
Cruise

Magnolia

Philip Seymour
Hoffman

The Talented
Mr. Ripley

Jude
Law

The Talented
Mr. Ripley

Haley Joel
Osment

The Sixth Sense

Supporting
Actress

Catherine
Keener

Being John Malkovich

Nicole
Kidman

Eyes Wide Shut

Julianne
Moore

Magnolia

Sarah
Polley

Go

Chloe
Sevigny

Boys Don't Cry
The Best of 1998

Actor

Dylan
Baker

Happiness

Jim
Carrey

The Truman
Show

John
Hurt

Love & Death on Long Island

Ian
McKellan

Gods and Monsters

Eamonn
Owens

The Butcher
Boy

Actress

Cate
Blanchett

Elizabeth

Fernanda
Montenegro

Central Station

Gwyneth
Paltrow

Shakespeare in Love

Ally
Sheedy

High Art

Emily
Watson

Hilary and Jackie

Supporting
Actor

Jeremy
Davies

Saving Private Ryan

David
Kelly

Waking Ned
Divine

Philip Seymour
Hoffman

Happiness

Bill
Murray

Rushmore

Billy Bob
Thorton

A Simple Plan

Supporting
Actress

Joan
Allen

Pleasantville

Patricia
Clarkson

High Art

Lisa
Kudrow

The Opposite of Sex

Lynn
Redgrave

Gods and Monsters

Christina
Ricci

Buffalo '66
The Best of 1997

Actor

Leonardo
Dicaprio

Titanic

Peter
Fonda

Ulee's Gold

Christopher
Guest

Waiting for Guffman

Ian
Holm

The Sweet Hereafter

Jack
Nicholson

As Good As It Gets

Actress

Joan
Allen

The Ice Storm

Helen Bonham
Carter

The Wings of the Dove

Judi
Dench

Mrs. Brown

Pam
Grier

Jackie Brown

Jurnee
Smolett

Eve's Bayou

Supporting
Actor

Billy
Connolly

Mrs. Brown

Robert
Forster

Jackie Brown

Greg
Kinnear

As Good As It Gets

Burt
Reynolds

Boogie Nights

Kevin
Spacey

L.A. Confidential

Supporting
Actress

Kim
Basinger

L.A. Confidential

Stacey
Edwards

In the
Company
of Men

Julianne
Moore

Boogie Nights

Debbie
Morgan

Eve's Bayou

Sigourney Weaver
The Ice Storm