15 Best Oscars Lineups of All Time

Looking back at the Academy Awards' most rock-solid 'Murderers' Row' nominee rosters

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Best Supporting Actress, 1990
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Best Supporting Actress, 1990

Annette Bening (The Grifters), Lorraine Bracco (GoodFellas), Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost - winner), Diane Ladd (Wild at Heart), Mary McDonnell (Dances With Wolves)

Between Bening's con woman, Bracco's mob wife, and Ladd's wicked witch, the roles involved in this year's Best Supporting Actress slate top the "characters you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley" competition. While they laid it all on the line in films involving criminality that ranged from the sordid to the surreal, Goldberg gave up her defining performance as a Patrick Swayze – possessed medium (no, really!), while McDonnell made an impression despite the limitations of the inexplicably acclaimed Kevin Costner epic Dances With Wolves. (Chalk it up to experience that paved the way for Battlestar Galactica's President Laura Roslin and you're good to go.)

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