What happened to Helen Hunt? The sitcom sweetie nabbed an Oscar for her portrayal of Carol Connelly opposite Jack Nicholson in 1997’s As Good as It Gets. Her role as a waitress and single mother who falls truly and inexplicably in love with Nicholson’s Melvin Udall won her both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 1998. She also won an Emmy that same year for her work in the television series Mad About You, making her one of the few actresses to receive all three awards in one year. But Hunt took a break from film after her Oscar win and has never fully returned. While she starred in some decent box-office hits, such as Cast Away and What Women Want, Hunt has only barely appeared on the big screen since her directorial debut, 2007’s Then She Found Me. Hopes are high for her performance in The Surrogate, a hit at this year’s Sundance film festival, in which she stars as a woman who helps teach a paralyzed man how to have sex.
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