Lead actress, 1987, "Children of a Lesser God" Matlin was on a roll back in the 1980s, when she managed to take her role as Sarah, a pupil at a school for the deaf, from stage to film. Starring opposite William Hurt on the big screen, she won her Oscar for "Children of a Lesser God," but the mega-movie star roles never followed. Television jobs dominate her resume, with shows like "The L Word," "West Wing" and "My Name Is Earl." Never one to let her deafness stand in the way of her career goals, she even appeared as a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars." Let's just hope Oscar winners on reality television isn't the latest trend.