Mira Sorvino began her film career in the early 1990s, and in 1995 she starred in the Woody Allen film Mighty Aphrodite as an unintelligent prostitute and porn star with a very high voice. Despite the broad screwball nature of the role, Sorvino was nominated for the Oscar, and won it.
Despite her great promise, Sorvino, the daughter of actor Paul Sorvino, was unable to capitalize on her Oscar and parlay it into roles in prestigious films, or even in good ones. In the years following Mighty Aphrodite, she appeared in the dumb-blonde comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, the giant-bug movie Mimic and the ultra-violent action movie The Replacement Killers. None of these movies constituted a suitable follow-up to her Oscar-winning star turn, and Sorvino has yet to do anything to break her out of her rut.