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This week at AwardsCircuit, we’re celebrating Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette’s birthday! The driving force behind Hulu’s latest show “The Act” turns 50 on Monday, and to celebrate, we ask you, the readers: What is your favorite Patricia Arquette performance?
Considered by many to be an underrated actress, Arquette has gathered an enormous portfolio of work in her career, some of her best emerging in recent years. Her first acting gig came in 1987 when she starred as Kristen Parker in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.” After having her legs almost eaten away by Freddy Kreuger, Arquette went on to star in Tony Scott’s star-studded crime drama “True Romance.” She later headed the show “Medium,” which gained her three consecutive Golden Globe nominations from 2005-2007.
In 2015, she took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Richard Linklater’s twelve-year project “Boyhood.” Although it centered on the milestones of a growing Mason (Ellar Coltrane), Arquette’s role as the mother is truly felt through the screen. Her character divorces Ethan Hawke’s character and tries to escape the later abuses of an alcoholic husband, all while she attempts to provide the best for her kids. She’s written under certain narrative limitations, but is unrestrained by the tenacity and will to tap into her character’s core. The amount of fragility and power Patricia Arquette infuses into every role proves her acting prowess.
Arquette is currently starring in the Showtime mini-series “Escape at Dannemora,” as well as the Hulu-produced drama”The Act.” In a press room speech after winning the Golden Globe this year for her role in “Escape at Dannemora,” Arquette said, “It was so exciting to work for Showtime on this because I never once heard this refrain I’ve heard throughout my career, which is, ‘But is she likable enough?, But is that attractive enough?, Yea, that’s what she really looks like, but let’s make her look like this.” Her character Tilly Mitchell falls into a romantic relationship with two prison inmates and helps them escape. As much as she plays with fire, her character is also a multifaceted woman who desires love. Arquette continues, especially with this role, to advocate to banish ageism in the casting process among productions. So, today is a great day to celebrate the wonderful, talented Patricia Arquette!