JOAN ALLEN, The Upside of Anger
Q'ORIANKA KILCHER, The New World
CLAIRE DANES, Shopgirl
JUDI DENCH, Mrs Henderson Presents & Ladies in Lavender.
REESE WITHERSPOON, Walk the Line
Runners-up: Camilla Belle, The Ballad of Jack and Rose; Glenn Close, Heights; Ziyi Zhang, 2046 (not for Memoirs of a Geisha); Patricia Clarkson, The Dying Gaul; Lisa Kudrow, Happy Endings.
Related: My Best Actress picks for 2004