Oscar Impact: Streep's Sophie's Choice

The four acting Oscars, particularly the lead ones, are less influential than the main award, Best Picture. But they're still quite instrumental for films that deal with unusually tough topics, or challenging films that lack immediate box-office allure.

Meryl Streep's Best Actress for “Sophie's Choice,” the 1982 film about a doomed Polish Holocaust survivor, is estimated to have increased box-office receipts by at least $4 million, and Geraldine Page's 1985 Best Actress Oscar did a lot of good for the intimate family melodrama, “The Trip to Bountiful,” which was a small-budget indie, directed by an unknown director.