1985 was the year two films opened up at the box office: The Color Purple and Prizzi’s Honor.
Two of the actresses, one from each of the two, were both nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in early 1986. They were Oprah Winfrey and Anjelica Huston.
After the nominees were announced, Huston ended up beating out Winfrey for the award. Of course, Winfrey became a popular and well-known talk show host and mogul. Huston, continued her career, even to this day, as an accomplished actress in films like The Witches and The Addams Family.
You would think they would meet up together sometime following that night at the Oscars, but ultimately, it never happened.
Now, the daughter of the late director John Huston, shares exactly on what is on her mind, and does not hold back, especially on Miss O!
Huston shares her theory in an interview with Vulture on why she and Winfrey never came into contact:
I’d forgotten that you won over Oprah for The Color Purple.Other nominees for 1986’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar: Margaret Avery for The Color Purple, Amy Madigan for Twice in a Lifetime, and Meg Tilly for Agnes of God. As I was watching the footage of you collecting the Oscar, my blood went a little cold thinking, There’s got to be some repercussions for beating Oprah. She never had me on her show, ever. She won’t talk to me. The only encounter I’ve had with Oprah was when I was at a party for the Academy Awards, a private residence. I was talking to Clint Eastwood, and she literally came between us with her back to me. So all of the sudden I was confronted with the back of Oprah’s head.
Do you think it’s fair to say it’s because you beat her?
Well, nobody else would dislike me so much as to literally, physically come in between the person I was talking with that way. But I admire Oprah. God knows, she’s made some big steps.
Huston also gives her thoughts on Eddie Murphy after working with him on Daddy Day Care:
You did Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy. He apparently had a fortress of trailers on that.
He did, a fortress right in the center of everyone else’s. And Eddie’s fortress actually had barbed wire on top. It was serious. It was as though there was going to be an invasion.
He’s such an appealing presence onscreen, but he’s got this reputation of being difficult. How does that happen?
Well, if you’re playing all seven parts in your own movie, you probably get a little delusional. I worked on that with Regina King, by the way, who’s a perfectly lovely person and a really good actress and I’m happy to see she was recognized finally this year. We remarked that the day Eddie was most approachable was the day he’d received some really bad reviews for some other movie that had just come out while we were working on this one. Suddenly, he had this humility and sweetness. He talked about boxing that day, and he was very affable with both of us.
So, everybody had to be on set before he would appear, correct?
The fact was it was very hot down on set and they didn’t have a way of keeping you cool. You’d be waiting for over 15 minutes in a California summer, so you’re not appetizing by the time you get on-camera. Maybe he didn’t recognize that factor. So I requested to at least know when he was traveling to set. His reply, through the grapevine, was “Ladies first.” Frankly, a lot of male movie stars behave in an offhand manner, like they’re just more important than you are.
To read more on Vulture’s interview with Huston, including what she thinks of Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, and the new film Poms, along with her new film with Keanu Reeves John Wick: Chapter 3, click here.
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