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Top 10 bio-pics: No. 7 ... Coal Miner's Daughter




The Top 10 Bio-Pics of the '80s continues today with an early pick. So early in the '80s that it's often forgotten. 

7. COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER (1980): Sissy Spacek won the Oscar for Best Actress in this telling of the rise of country singer Loretta Lynn, who handpicked the actress to play her.

Trivia: Sissy Spacek's Best Actress Oscar win for playing singer Loretta Lynn created a rarity in the Academy's history in that the real-life Loretta Lynn was in the audience witnessing the victory. That same evening (March 31, 1981) boxer Jake LaMotta was in the pavilion audience when Robert De Niro won the Best Actor statuette for his portrayal of LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980), making the event even more rare. 

Signature line: "An' stoppa that growlin'. You sound like a big ol' bar."

What critics said: "What's refreshing about Coal Miner's Daughter is that it takes the basic material (rags to riches, overnight success, the onstage breakdown, and, of course, the big comeback) and relates them in wonderfully human terms. It's fresh and immediate." - Roger Ebert

The Top 10 Bio-pics of the '80s: 

10. My Left Foot

9. Gorillas in the Mist

8. The Last Emperor

7. Coal Miner's Daughter

6. Bird

5. Reds

4. Stand and Deliver

3. Gandhi

2. Amadeus

1. Raging Bull

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