Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Cher … ? [POLL]

The 1980s saw several legendary dames winning Best Actress at the Oscars, including academy favorites like Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep. The entire decade was a good one for women dominating their films, like Sissy Spacek, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Geraldine Page, Cher and Jodie Foster. The ’80s also set records that still stand today, with Marlee Matlin being the youngest Best Actress winner at age 21 and Jessica Tandy being the oldest winner at 80.

So which Best Actress winner from the ’80s is your favorite? Look back on each of their performances and vote in our poll below.

Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) — The ’80s began with Spacek earning her Oscar for playing country music star Loretta Lynn in the biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek earned a previous nomination for “Carrie” (1976) and four subsequent nominations, for: “Missing” (1982), “The River” (1984), “Crimes of the Heart” (1986) and “In the Bedroom” (2001).

Katharine Hepburn, “On Golden Pond” (1981) — Hepburn’s win for “On Golden Pond” gave her the record for most Oscar winners for any actor in history. In the film she plays Ethel Thayer, an elderly woman dealing with family issues at her and her husband’s idyllic summer home. Hepburn’s previous Oscar wins were for “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967) and “The Lion in Winter” (1968). Her other nominations were for “Alice Adams” (1935), “The Philadelphia Story” (1940), “Woman of the Year” (1942), “The African Queen” (1951), “Summertime” (1955), “The Rainmaker” (1956), “Suddenly, Last Summer” (1959) and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (1962).

Meryl Streep, “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) — Speaking of Oscar darlings, Streep won her second Oscar (her first in Lead Actress) for playing the titular character in “Sophie’s Choice,” a woman forced to choose which of her children were to be gassed in a Nazi concentration camp. Streep previously won Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and earned her third Oscar decades later for “The Iron Lady” (2011). She holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for an actor; her other nominations from the ’80s were for “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Silkwood” (1983), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Ironweed” (1987) and “A Cry in the Dark” (1988).

Shirley MacLaine, “Terms of Endearment” (1983) — MacLaine is the only Best Actress winner to beat a co-star, with her and Debra Winger both nominated in Best Actress for “Terms of Endearment.” MacLaine plays Aurora, a mother looking for love while maintaining a complex relationship with her daughter. MacLaine’s other Best Actress nominations were for “Some Came Running” (1958), “The Apartment” (1960), “Irma la Douce” (1963) and “The Turning Point” (1977). She also earned a nomination in Best Documentary Feature for “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir” (1975).

Sally Field, “Places in the Heart” (1984) — Oscar voters proved they really “like” Field after giving her a second Oscar just five years after her first. In “Places in the Heart” she plays Edna Spalding, a Texas sheriff’s widow who is rallying to save her family farm. Field won her first Oscar for “Norma Rae” (1979) and earned another nomination in Best Supporting Actress for “Lincoln” (2012).

Geraldine Page, “The Trip to Bountiful” (1985) — Page finally won her overdue Oscar with “The Trip to Bountiful.” The actress plays Carrie Watts, an aging woman who hopes to return to her titular hometown one last time. Page’s previous Oscar nominations were for “Hondo” (1953), “Summer and Smoke” (1961), “Sweet Bird of Youth” (1962), “You’re a Big Boy Now” (1966), “Pete ‘n’ Tillie” (1973), “Interiors” (1978) and “The Pope of Greenwich Village” (1984).

Marlee Matlin, “Children of a Lesser God” (1986) — Matlin is the rare actress to win an Oscar for her film debut. In “Children of a Lesser God” the actress plays Sarah Norman, a deaf janitor who falls in love with a teacher. This is Matlin’s only nomination and win at the Oscars, though she does hold two records, being the youngest to ever win this category and the distinction of being the first and only deaf performer to win an Oscar.

Cher, “Moonstruck” (1987) — Cher proved she was more than just a musical talent with the romantic comedy “Moonstruck.” The icon plays Loretta Castorini, a young widow who falls in love with her fiancé’s younger brother. Cher was previously Oscar nominated in Best Supporting Actress for “Silkwood” (1983). She also has an Emmy and a Grammy so she just needs a Tony to go full EGOT.

Jodie Foster, “The Accused” (1988) — Foster collected her first Oscar thanks to “The Accused.” In the harrowing film, Foster plays gang rape victim Sarah Tobias. Foster would win Best Actress again just three years later for “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), with her other nominations being for “Taxi Driver” (1976) and “Nell” (1994).

Jessica Tandy, “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989) — Tandy closed out the decade with her Oscar win for “Driving Miss Daisy.” Tandy plays the titular character, a widow living in the racially-tense Deep South who develops a friendship with her black chauffeur, played by Morgan Freeman. Tandy remains the oldest Best Actress winner in history, and she earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination two years later for “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991).

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