To date, the 1983 Oscars has been one of much debate, especially when it came down to the winning actresses. Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Sophie in the heart wrenching holocaust drama, ‘Sophies Choice’, and Jessica Lange was nominated in the same category for her powerhouse performance as Frances Farmer in the drama, 'Frances’.
Both performances were groundbreaking, and to this day many people believed that they changed the world of cinema as many critics has never came across such defying performances. Streep went home with the Best Actress Oscar, many applauding and agreeing with the decision, but also many people believe that this was the wrong decision. Many believe the Oscar should have went to Lange, and some believe it should have been a tie like there was with Barbara Streisand and Katherine Hepburn in 1968.
Lange was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress on the same night for her role in the comedy drama, 'Tootsie’. She walked home with the prize, and people think that this was a token of the Academys gratitude as they wanted to give her some sort of recognition for her acting that night.
“When they call her (Lange’s) name for Best Supporting Actress for 'Tootsie’, there’s a sort of bittersweet moment. She was grateful and very happy about it, but we think she knew she wasn’t going to walk away with the big prize that night.”