Emily Blunt, 'The Young Victoria'

As the elderly Victoria in "Mrs. Brown," Judi Dench netted her first Oscar nod back in 1997. In this biopic, scripted by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), Blunt has the babe factor as the teenage girl thrust onto the throne. While newcomer Rupert Friend (pictured) plays her beloved Prince Albert, Blunt is surrounded by Oscar favorites, including Jim Broadbent as her uncle and Miranda Richardson as her mother. And playing royal has its rewards. Helen Mirren won the Oscar last year as Victoria's great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II in "The Queen." And Cate Blanchett has a pair of Oscar noms for playing the original Virgin Queen ("Elizabeth," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"), while Vanessa Redgrave scored a nod as her archrival in "Mary, Queen of Scots."
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