Greetings, fellow film fans!
In celebration of the previous decade's successes (depending on who ask), the coming award season ballyhoo, a list has been assembled of the most likeable, profitable, exciting and enjoyable actresses of the aughts. In no particular order:
1. Rachel McAdams - With turns in 2004's Mean Girls, Wes Craven's thriller Red Eye, Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook and Guy Ritchie's adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, Ms. McAdams has enjoyed a steady flow of roles and has seen her star skyrocket. She has yet to take on a role that will garner her awards attention for her dramatic ability, however. Hopefully, 2010 and beyond will bring her a proper opportunity. Her box office grosses to date = $733, 849,786.
2. Kate Winslet - The proverbial awards bridesmaid finally caught her bouquet this year and Ms. Winslet was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress in The Reader. From 2000, she also delivered in inspired, fun fare such as The Holiday with Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, the dark independent period film Quills with Joaquin Phoenix, and the non-fiction fantasy drama Finding Neverland with matinee idol Johnny Depp. She ended the year with a singular honor; a survey from the UK magazine, Telegraph, voted Kate's body as the most desirable among Hollywood actresses. Her box office grosses to date = $989,809,339.
3. Kerri Washington - A go-to actress to round out your powerhouse cast, Ms. Washington enjoyed diverse roles in film and television. From her breakout role in MTV Studio's Save The Last Dance, to her supporting roles in Ray with Jamie Foxx, for which she received an Image award, a supporting role in Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brangelina, Kerri continues to elevate any project simply by being there. That she is talented, is a bonus.
Coming up in Part 2.... A Pretty Woman, a Devil in Prada and A Blonde... Thanks for reading!