The Natural (1984)
Close was handpicked by star Robert Redford to play Iris Gaines, the saintly single mother abandoned by a talented ballplayer (Redford). Another year, another Best Supporting Actress nod, although Close credits this one to cinematographer Caleb Deschanel: ''That hat was designed so the sunlight would come through. We waited for a certain time of day, so the sun was shining through the back of the stadium. And he had a lens that muted the people around me. It was an incredibly well thought-out shot. And I honestly think that's the reason I got nominated.''