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Best Actress Rewind: 1987

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Friday, Sep 10, 2010
Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur dips into the history of this category and compares the Academy nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!

Oscar Nominees


Cher ... Moonstruck
Glenn Close ... Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter ... Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland ... Anna
Meryl Streep ... Ironweed


Mazur Nominees


Glenn Close … Fatal Attraction



  
Lindsay Crouse … House of Games


Holly Hunter … Raising Arizona


Julie Walters … Personal Services


Joanne Woodward … The Glass Menagerie


Oscar Winner: Inexplicably, voters went with the star turn from Cher, doing solid work in a limp rom-com with poor direction. Cher also starred in the box office hit The Witches of Eastwick and Suspect, a thriller in which she played an attorney. This trifecta of films showcased the veteran entertainer’s versatility and box office clout and likely factored into her eventual win.


Mazur’s Winner: While Woodward is electric as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, directed by her husband Paul Newman, and a deserving winner, Close simply cannot be ignored. Though she was not the first choice to play Alex Forrest, the actress made her creation a perfectly-modulated, damaged woman rather than a soulless cartoon, as written. Only an actress of Close’s power and training could have pulled this off—the sexiness, the craziness and the wounded heart—for playing such a brilliantly human villainess my award goes to Glenn.

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