Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1983

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Cher (Silkwood)
Glenn Close (The Big Chill)
Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerously)
Amy Irving (Yentl)
Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek)

Biggest Snub:

Michelle Pfeiffer – Scarface

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 4 pretty good nominees and one amazing one who gives such a memorable performance that remains powerful even after so many years.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Alfre Woodard
4. Amy Irving
3. Cher
2. Glenn Close
1. Linda Hunt


5. Cross CreekInteresting idea that probably works much better on paper than on the screen. The story meanders along way too much and feels as if it is moving in place the entire time. They do manage to show the kind of life people led in rural areas and they are able to touch upon some great ideas along the way, but overall, this just doesn’t work well enough. Torn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Woodard for Best Supporting Actress for their performances, but neither really stand out so much as one would hope for.
4. The Year of Living DangerouslyInteresting film that manages to give us a quick overview of the political background of this troubled area of the world. The use of a novice reporter as the protagonist helps the viewer to get a much better understanding of everything that is going on because we can learn about everything that is going on through his inexperienced eyes. Gibson and Weaver are both great here despite the fact that it’s quite difficult to actually believe that their characters find a way to fall in love. The standout is obviously Hunt who plays her character so perfectly that it’s so easy to forget that she is an actress playing a male character instead of being that male character. She very deservingly won an Oscar for her performance in this film for Best Supporting Actress.
3. YentlThis is Streisand’s masterpiece even if it doesn’t resonate as well as one would hope. The story itself is based on a “folk tale” yet still works on numerous levels. The music is superb even when it feel repetitious. Patinkin and Irving also give great performances here even if the story itself falters at certain points. Streisand tho shines in the title role and makes the story feel like an analogy for her own work in the field of directing.
2. SilkwoodStreep is impressive in this role which isn’t a very glamorous one. Russell and Cher both help keep the mood of this very deep storyline lighter by their humor and camaraderie. The story is presented really well and it gives us the impression that she isn’t actually imagined all that is happening to her. Sill amazes me to know that Ephron wrote this film because it’s much darker and dramatic than most of the rom-com films she wrote years later.
1. The Big ChillGreat music, camaraderie and chemistry between all the characters. Kasden knows how to write a great script with characters we can care about. Amazing cast!

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  LH is superb in TYOLD and definitely gives the most powerful and memorable performance of the 5 nominees.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1983

  1. A tough group this year. Clearly, Linda Hunt playing a man is impressive in a really good film. Cher, stepping far out of her comfort zone and persona up til now (and doing it opposite La Streep) is a tremendous achievement – and I can still remember Close weeping as she sits in the shower in Big Chill – so this would’ve been a tough choice for me personally (especially in hindsight knowing that 7 nominations in – Close still has not won an Oscar). Hard to argue with Ms. Hunt.


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