Originally Posted by Qwyjibo
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I really loved this too.
Haven't seen the Swedish original, but I can somewhat tell by looking at the chick in fotos and how her expression is that I would probably prefer Rooney's darker take.
Kate Winslet is consistently strong... aside from the performances mentioned, I was also moved by 'Revolutionary Road' and 'Little Children'.
Jessica Chastain in 'Take Shelter' is another one that comes to mind.