Oscar Impact: Hunt, Helen–Film and TV

For Helen Hunt, too, the Best Actress Oscar for As Good As It Gets arrived on a day when her blossoming movie and TV careers came together.

On March 23, 1998, Hunt announced she would return for another year of her hit NBC sitcom, “Mad About You.”

In the evening, she won the Best Actress Oscar for James L. Brooks’ comedy. Hunt’s movie and TV career complement each other, with several movies lined up at Sony and other studios.

In the past, TV actors were virtually “disqualified” from Oscar consideration. “I think the industry is finally changing,” Hunt said about her crossover appeal. For Hunt, “the blacklist that existed between TV and movies is gone. People have realized that work is work.” “The experience of making As Good As It Gets was “thrilling and fun and brutal and hard, a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Asked to compare her Oscar with her Emmys, Hunt joked: “Thinner Without Wings.”