Losing the supporting actress Oscar to Pollock's Marcia Gay Harden probably wasn't that crushing a blow to Frances McDormand, 44, who was nominated for her work in Almost Famous (coming to pay-per-view next month).
Sounds like the thesp got all she could out of winning an Academy Award back when she collected the best actress statuette for 1996's Fargo, which is perched on her bookshelf. "[Winning the Oscar] makes it easier for directors to hire you," McDormand explains to TV Guide Online. "I don't mean to fluff it off it certainly is a great acknowledgment." Still, she's quick to add that "the most rewarding one for me was the Screen Actors Guild Award [for Fargo], because it's from my peers."
Though McDormand may often be seen in mother roles these days, she's hardly gone the matronly route. In Almost Famous, her earthy character was based on director Cameron Crowe's own unconventional mama. "Playing Cameron's