In 1982, Linda Hunt won great acclaim for her performance in The Year of Living Dangerously. Despite the fact that it was only her second film, she gained widespread attention for her portrayal of the male dwarf Billy, and she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role, the first time anyone had won the award by playing a member of the opposite sex.
After winning the Academy Award, Hunt appeared in a baffling string of films that snuffed out her newfound stardom pretty quickly. Her first movie after the Oscar win was 1984’s Dune, which to this day is generally acknowledged to be one of the worst movies ever made. She also appeared in the screechingly awful Rosanne Barr vehicle She-Devil in 1989. Since then, she has found a niche doing voice work for animated films and video games, but the acclaim that she won with her 1983 Oscar is now a very distant memory.