Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran, ‘The Killing Fields: In the awards campaign for this war story, Haing S. Ngor's performance as Cambodian journalist.
Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich, ‘Erin Brockovich: Though Julia Roberts brings all of her movie star skills to bear on this true-story underdog legal drama.
Susan Hayward as Barbara Graham, ‘I Want to Live: In one of the hardest-hitting true-crime pictures of the Fifties, Susan Hayward plays real-life femme.
Yul Brenner as King Mongkut, ‘The King and I: While Brenner had a long and respectable filmography, he's always going to be identified first and foremost.
Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, ‘Funny Girl: Streisand was such a perfect match to singer/comedian Fanny Brice in this recounting of the vaudeville legend's.