Gwyneth Paltrow, best actress

“Shakespeare in Love” (1998) 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 Juliet.” Because no women can appear on stage, she disguises herself as a boy to audition to play Juliet. Joseph Fiennes’ Bard takes great glee in unwrapping Vioila’s binding around her breasts, revealing that Viola is indeed all woman.
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