Oscar contenders who are spoilt for choice

According to Oscar rules, an actor can only be nominated once per category, but every so often they land both lead and supporting bids in the same year – like Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (lead) and “I’m Not There” (supporting) in 2008 or Jamie Foxx in “Ray” (lead) and “Collateral” (supporting) in 2005. 

A case could be made this year for Matt Damon (“Hereafter” in lead, “True Grit” in supporting) and Naomi Watts (“Fair Game” in lead, “Mother and Child” in supporting). However, there are many more stars who will have to decide which of two performances in the same category to push this year.

Among those with two leading performances:

Ben Affleck in “The Town” and “The Company Men”
Annette Bening in “Mother and Child” and “The Kids Are Alright”
Johnny Depp in “The Tourist” and “Alice in Wonderland”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “Shutter Island” and “Inception”
Helen Mirren in “Love Ranch” and “The Tempest”

And those with two supporting performances include:

Michael Douglas in “Solitary Man” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
Andrew Garfield in “The Social Network” and “Never Let Me Go”
Rosamund Pike in “Barney’s Version” and “Made in Dagenham”
Kerry Washington in “For Colored Girls” and “Mother and Child”

Photos: Matt Damon in “Hereafter” (Warner Bros.) and “True Grit” (Paramount)

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