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Academy Award for Best Actress: 2000-2009

2000 - Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich

2001 - Halle Berry - Monster’s Ball

2002 - Nicole Kidman - The Hours

2003 - Charlize Theron - Monster

2004 - Hilary Swank - Million Dollar Baby

2005 - Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line

2006 - Helen Mirren - The Queen

2007 - Marion Cotillard - La Vie en Rose

2008 - Kate Winslet - The Reader

2009 - Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side

The years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready.
—  Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren & Liam Neeson had a four year relationship after starring in the 1981 film Excalibur. The couple lived together and Mirren was instrumental in getting the 28 year old Neeson an agent.

Neeson has since remarked in an interview: “I fell in love with Helen Mirren. Oh my god. Can you imagine riding horses in shiny suits of armor, having sword fights and stuff, and you’re falling in love with Helen Mirren? It doesn’t get any better than that.” (.)