Oscars' Golden Girls: The Class of 2010

Meryl! Mo'Nique! Sandra! Get the lowdown on the women vying for the Academy Award (12 Photos)

Louise Barile on Feb 5, 2010 at 6:00AM

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Oscars' Golden Girls: The Class of 2010

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Helen Mirren

Nomination: Best Actress for The Last Station

Shortly after winning the 2008 Oscar for The Queen, Helen Mirren received the script for The Last Station. The role she was being offered, as Russian writer Leo Tolstoy's headstrong wife Sofya, was a world away from the steely, controlled Queen Elizabeth II. "As an actor your dream is to get something which is the opposite of what you've just done," Mirren, 64, told reporters recently. "Sofya is the absolute opposite. So that sort of thing attracted me." The Oscar nod -- the fourth in her career -- was a wonderful plus. "I think Tolstoy himself would have been perplexed by all this, but, Sofya his wife would have been over the moon," she said in a statement. "So in that spirit, I am too."

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