Best Actress Oscar-Winners Since 2000, Ranked Worst to Best

From British royalty to the mighty Meryl Streep, our updated list of the ladies who've nabbed Academy Awards in the 21st century

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16. Sandra Bullock, 'The Blind Side'

One of the dominant storylines of the 2010 Oscar season was the comeback story of Sandra Bullock, the onetime marquee draw who had stumbled in the early 2000s, only to regain her footing thanks to a rom-com hit (The Proposal) and some of the best reviews of her career for The Blind Side. That feel-good narrative fueled her Oscar win, but with perspective it's clear that her performance as the sassy Leigh Anne Tuohy is little more than a folksy amusement without a lot of depth behind it. And her role actually underlines what's wrong with the movie: It's another Hollywood tale of how a privileged white character learns valuable lessons by helping a poor black youth.

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