Oscar: Shortest Screen Roles Nominated for Best Supporting Actress

Sylvia Miles is still best known for her role in John Schlsinger’s Midnight Cowboy as a rich, middle-aged New Yorker, who invites Joe Buck (Jon Voight) up to her penthouse apartment for sex.

Midnight Cowboy

The role earned Miles an Oscar nomination in 1969 for Best Supporting Actress, despite only appearing on screen for about six minutes.   The winner, however, was Goldie Hawn for Cactus Flower.

Farewell, My Lovely

In 1975, Miles received a second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her slightly larger role (about eight minutes) in Farewell, My Lovely.