Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur dips into the history of this category and compares the Academy nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!
Cher ... Moonstruck
Glenn Close ... Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter ... Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland ... Anna
Meryl Streep ... Ironweed
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.