Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1999
SEX WORKER ROLE
Clementine in Hard Eight 1996
Character Is A Prostitute
“Hard Eight” chronicles the relationship between a veteran gambler and his empty-headed protege. Gwyneth plays the female lead, cast against type as a cocktail waitress and part-time hooker. She plays the protege’s girlfriend who also lacks a certain amount of common sense.
The L.A. Times would write of Gwyneth’s performance:
“In her best role yet, Paltrow is so convincingly damaged she takes on the properties of fine china. A wrong move and we’re all goners.”
The Chicago Tribune wrote:
“Paltrow, a brilliant British intellectual in “Emma,” here plays, just as convincingly, a stupid, pretty Reno hooker. (More than Elizabeth Shue in “Leaving Las Vegas”), Paltrow gets a whore’s body language, wary smile and cliche patter.”
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