Adriana Barraza for Babel (2006)

 This extraordinary performance was overshadowed by the momentum given to Jennifer Hudson in 2006 for her role in Dreamgirls. While Hudson had the acting/singing chops to snag the Oscar, Barraza was largely ignored for her acting range in Babel. Her performance as a nanny who is placed in an impossible situation is heartbreaking to watch. Her acting conveys a motherly approach yet restrained terror given her predicament.

Lost to: Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls

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