Gwyneth Paltrow; Hilary Swank, best actress

“Shakespeare in Love” (1998); Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) It’s interesting that, two years in a row, actresses won Oscar’s top prize for disguising themselves as boys. In the romantic comedy “Shakespeare,” Paltrow plays a noblewoman named Viola who becomes Shakespeare’s muse for his play “Romeo and... Laurie Sparham / Miramax Films and Bill Matlock / Fox Searchlight