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Sunday looks to be an interesting race for the Academy Awards' ladies, with a mix of legendary names and relative newcomers nominated in the best actress and supporting actress categories. Los Angeles-based E-Poll Market Research has ranked the nominated actresses by their overall appeal. The firm asked 1,100 men and women whether they were aware of the actress and, if they were, then asked them to state if she was appealing. Gerry Philpott, president and chief executive of the firm, pointed out that much of each actress' appeal is actually reflected in their films and their roles. "People really liked Ellen Page's role, they think she is accessible as a person, someone who seemed very real to them." Still, he noted appeal percentages are reasonably high for all the nominees. "These women are all likable actresses, even those who may not be as well-known."
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1. ELLEN PAGE, "JUNO"
Overall appeal: 70 percent
She's the "It" girl of the moment thanks to her starring role of pregnant teen Juno MacGuff in "Juno," and 20-year-old Page is taking it all in stride. Up next: Page will appear on Barbara Walters' annual Oscar night special, will be the host for the March 1 episode of "Saturday Night Live" and will be seen in theaters alongside Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker in "Smart People," opening April 11. For the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in January, stylist Samantha McMillen dressed Page in a little black dress from Zac Posen, Manolo Blahnik shoes and a bag from Anya Hindmarch.
2. LAURA LINNEY, "THE SAVAGES"
Overall appeal: 55 percent
Linney gained stardom as an overwrought sister in "You Can Count on Me" in 2000, and stole plenty of scenes as Annabeth Markum, Sean Penn's character's devoted wife, in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" (2003). In "The Savages," she stars as neurotic playwright Wendy Savage, who battles with her brother (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) as they guide their father through his final months. On the red carpet, the 44-year-old has donned gowns in recent awards seasons from designers such as J.Mendel, Prada, Valentino and Vera Wang. Next up for Linney: "The Other Man," in which she plays a wife suspected of adultery.