Best Supporting Actress, Mighty Aphrodite
This Hollywood star grew up around the entertainment business. Her father, veteran Italian-American actor Paul Sorvino, appeared in movies alongside George C. Scott, Diane Keaton, and Warren Beatty when Mira Sorvino was a child growing up in New Jersey. After graduating Harvard, and moving to New York to pursue acting, it took Sorvino just two years to earn roles in major films like Robert Redford’s Quiz Show. One year later, when Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Sorvino’s portrayal of the ditzy, happy-go-lucky prostitute had the entertainment world buzzing about Hollywood’s newest star. At that year’s Oscars, Sorvino won the coveted statuette, beating out Kate Winslet ( Sense and Sensibility) and Joan Allen ( Nixon) for Best Supporting Actress. Sorvino followed her Oscar win with a few buzzy films, including Ted Demme’s Beautiful Girls and the television movie Norma Jean & Marilyn, in which her depiction of a boozed up, drugged out Marilyn Monroe earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination. But a string of lesser films, such as Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion with Lisa Kudrow and the sci-fi thriller Mimic, plus a slew of low-budget films, has pushed Sorvino’s career today to a lower rank than where she started.