The appearance of an actor on the movie screen for a few minutes may sometimes have a greater impact on the viewer than the hero of the work, especially if the artist succeeds in capturing the hearts of viewers and receiving praise from critics, despite his quick appearance within the events of the film.
There is a long list of Hollywood stars who have been able to win the Academy Award for Best Actor/Actress in a Supporting Role over many decades, by playing roles whose duration on screen does not exceed only 15 minutes or perhaps less.
It was not a dream when the iconic American star Gloria Grahame was able to win the award in 1953 after giving a unique performance of 9 minutes and 32 seconds in the famous classic film “The Bad and the Beautiful” by director Vincente Minnelli, as it was considered at the time to be the shortest role in the film. Where the time period captures the prize.
The late American star Beatrice Strait came in 1976 to pull the rug out and win the only Academy Award she won throughout her long artistic career with her participation in the film “Network” directed by Sidney Lumet, for her performance of the role of Louise Schumacher, who did not appear throughout the events of the film except in Only 3 scenes lasted 5 minutes and 40 seconds, but her skillful performance was widely praised by critics and audiences.
Strait's win for Best Supporting Actress was a shock to her, as she stated in her victory speech, and it was also a surprise to critics, as some considered that this win was forced by the Academy, because her competitor, Jodie Foster, was nominated in the same category for her role in the film “Taxi Driver” had won the award the previous year, as well as the second competitor, Piper Laurie, who was nominated for the movie “Carrie,” which belongs to the type of horror films that were not favored by the Academy in that era.
Judi Dench versus Cate Blanchett
In 1999, everyone was awaiting the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences regarding the star who portrayed Queen Elizabeth I. Was the Australian artist Cate Blanchett nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award – after she had the opportunity to play the lead role in the movie “Elizabeth”? Or is it British star Judi Dench, nominated for the Best Actress in a Second Role category, after she played the role of the controversial queen in only 4 scenes for 6 minutes in the movie “Shakespeare in Love” by British director John Medine?
On the night of March 21, the Academy announced the victory of Dench and her miniature version of Queen Elizabeth I.
The only Oscar in Hathaway's career
American star Anne Hathaway did everything in her power to be able to get the role of Fantine in the movie “Les Misérables” directed by Tom Hooper in 2012. She even went on a strict diet to lose more than 11 kilograms to be suitable for the role, which was only a year old. The big screen was only 15 minutes long, but all of these challenges were the reason she received the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award from the Academy, becoming the only Academy Award in her artistic career so far.
However, Hathaway shocked her fans several years ago, when she announced her remorse for agreeing to this role, and confirmed that she was never happy about winning the Oscar, which is a dream sought by world stars, as she believes that all the feelings of joy that she showed that night were insincere and contrived. .