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Scene-Stealer: Jill Clayburgh

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Annette Bening has all the buzz, but it’s Clayburgh who quietly makes off with Scissors. Whether eating dog food or poignantly urging her adopted son to run away, the 62-year-old exudes such comic despair as frazzled Agnes, it’s easy to see why she earned Academy nods for 1978’s An Unmarried Woman and 1979’s Starting Over. ”I loved playing this woman; I didn’t wash my hair for weeks,” she says. ”It was gross, but necessary to become her.”

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