Oscar 1992: Supporting Actress Race

In 1992, when Marisa Tomei won the Supporting Actress for the comedy My Cousin Vinny, in which she played a feisty New York girl taken for granted by her lawyer boyfriend. Tomei was up against the British and Australian royalty: Judy Davis in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives (cited by the L.A. Film Critics Association), Joan Plowright in Enchanted April, Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End, and Miranda Richardson in Damage.

Tomei's performance was deemed the least accomplished, and yet she might have benefited from being the only American nominee that year.