The small but powerful women are:
Mariah Carey - 'Precious'
She manages to make such an impact by just reacting. She reached a new level as an actress. Clip
Catherine Keener - 'Where The Wild Things Are'
The woman can deliver a complex and lived in performance, even without trying it seems.
Juliette Lewis - 'Whip It'
Ballsy and scary. She has been around the block a few times and wears it so well.
Melanie Lynskey - 'Away We Go'
Her happy life slowly crumbles away the more time you spend with her. Her sorrow is deafening.
Xosha Roquemore - 'Precious'
The humor to survive is all too real, and as a result says so much about her character. We all know our Joann's
Cara Seymour - 'An Education'
She stays a little back from the rest of the family, but her expressions tell a story almost more interesting then the one in the film.