Both women were nominated for Best Supporting Actress — Huston for Prizzi’s Honorand Winfrey for The Colour Purple.
In a new interview with Vulture, Huston says she paid a price for beating the talk show queen.
“She never had me on her show, ever,” Huston said. “She won’t talk to me.
“The only encounter I’ve had with Oprah was when I was at a party for the Academy Awards, a private residence. I was talking to Clint Eastwood, and she literally came between us with her back to me. So all of the sudden I was confronted with the back of Oprah’s head.”
Oprah wasn’t the only one who copped a tongue-lashing from Huston in the revealing interview. She had a not-so-subtle dig at Diane Keaton over her upcoming movie Poms, which is about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community.
“I’m looking for movies that impress me in some way, that aren’t apologetically humble or humiliating like, ‘Band of cheerleaders gets back together for one last hurrah’, you know,” Huston said. “An old-lady cheerleader movie. I don’t like that kind of thing.”
Huston also didn’t hold back when asked about Bill Murray, her co-star in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
“He was a sh*t to me on Life Aquatic,” she told Vulture. “The first week I was there, we were all in this little hotel, and he invited the entire cast to go and have dinner, except me. And everyone came down for dinner, a little dog-faced about my not being invited, and they were all like, ‘Oh, you know, we don’t really want to go’.
“That was worse than anything,” Huston said.
Vulture asked Huston about controversial director Woody Allen who she worked with on Crimes and Misdemeanours and Manhattan Murder Mystery. Despite molestation allegations, Huston said she’d work with Allen again “in a second”.
She also defended her Transparent co-star Jeffrey Tambor who quit the TV show after being accused of inappropriate behaviour by two female co-workers.
“I do think in this work we have to feel freedom,” Huston said. “We have to feel as though we can say and do things that are not necessarily judged, particularly by the other people in the cast or crew.
“He certainly never said or did anything inappropriate with me.”
Huston will next be seen on the big screen in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, which is due out May 16.
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