Best Lead Performance (Female), 2006

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"Perhaps one of the most difficult things to do in acting is to portray a living legend who everyone has seen and heard a thousand times, because quite often the scrutiny of that performance is unbearable. Therefore Helen Mirren's achievement in The Queen is certainly no little thing, as nearly all who saw the movie watched with awe as she completely disappeared into the role of Elizabeth II during the uncomfortable week that she lost the mother of her grandchildren. Mirren's is one of the greatest performances of recent memory and the centerpiece of this finely crafted film."- R. Presley Stephens

1. Helen Mirren, The Queen (49 points/7 votes)

2. Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada (46/7)
3. Ivana Baquero, Pan's Labyrinth (38/6)
4. Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal (25/4)
5. Gretchen Mol, The Notorious Bettie Page(23/4)

6. Kate Winslet, Little Children (21/4)
7. Maggie Cheung, Clean (21/3)
8. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sherrybaby (20/4)
9. Ellen Page, Hard Candy (16/3)
10 (tie). Laura Dern, Inland Empire (14/2)
10 (tie). Debbie Doebereiner, Bubble (14/2)
12. Elizabeth Reaser, Sweet Land (12/2)
13. Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Science of Sleep (9/2)

The following actresses received one vote apiece:
Kathryn Aselton, The Puffy Chair
Claire-Hope Ashitey, Children of Men
Kate Beckinsale, Underworld: Evolution
Cate Blanchett, Little Fish
Penélope Cruz, Volver
Kirsten Dunst, Marie-Antoinette
Shareeka Epps, Half Nelson
Jodelle Ferland, Tideland
Gong Li, Curse of the Golden Flower
Isabelle Huppert, Gabrielle
Julia Jentsch, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Beyoncé Knowles, Dreamgirls
Spencer Locke, Monster House
Julia Roberts, Charlotte's Web
Shu Qi, Three Times
Marina Vovchenko, 4
Naomi Watts, Painted Veil
Rachel Weisz, The Fountain
Evan Rachel Wood, Down in The Valley