Oscar 1985: Supporting Actress Race

Supporting Actress Nominees

Anjelica Huston, Prizzi's Honor
Margaret Avary, The Color Purple
Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple
Amy Madigan, Twice in a Lifetime
Meg Tilley, Agnes of God

It's rare that the same performance get honored by all the voting groups, but that's exactly what happened in 1985, when Anjelica Huston won the Supporting Oscar, the New York Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Golden Globe, and the National Society of Film Critics.

Anjelica, daughter of the noted director John Huston and granddaughter of the actor Walter Huston, became a viable actress in Hollywood after winning the Oscar, playing mostly leading roles.

This was the only Oscar nomination of Avary, Winfrey, Madigan and Tilley, and it's probably a coincidence that two African-American were nominated in the same year, though both Avary and Winfrey appeared in the same film, Spielberg's “The Color Purple,” one of the biggest losers in the Academy's history.