Oscars acting nominees: two champs, nine vets and nine rookies

This year’s 20 acting nominees include just two previous champs, nine past nominees and another nine who are new to the Oscars. 


Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep reaped her 14th Best Actress (and 17th overall) bid for “The Iron Lady.” By comparison, Katharine Hepburn won four of her dozen Best Actress bids while Jack Nicholson has three Oscars (two lead, one supporting) to show for his 12 nominations.

Streep’s staggering total of 16 previous bids is equal to that of the Oscar track record for the nine also-rans looking for their first wins. She won Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982).

Streep’s 12 losing Best Actress bids were: “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Silkwood” (1983), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Ironweed” (1987), “A Cry in the Dark” (1988), “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), “One True Thing” (1998), “Music of the Heart” (1999), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Doubt” (2008) and “Julie & Julia” (2009). And her two losing Supporting Actress noms were for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) and “Adaptation” (2002).


The only other acting champ in the running once more is Best Actor nominee George Clooney (“The Descendants”) who won Supporting Actor for “Syriana” in 2005. He lost Best Actor bids for “Michael Clayton” (2007) and “Up in the Air” (2009) 

Past contenders back in the race are:

Best Actor nominee Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”)
Best Actor – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008)
Best Supporting Actor – “Twelve Monkeys” (1995)

Best Actress nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”)
Best Actress – “Fatal Attraction” (1987); “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988);
Best Supporting Actress – “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Big Chill” (1983), “The Natural” (1984).

Best Actress nominee Viola Davis (“The Help”)
Best Supporting Actress – “Doubt” (2008).

Best Actress nominee Michelle Willams (“My Week with Marilyn”)
Best Actress – “Blue Valentine” (2010)
Best Supporting Actress – “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)

Best Supporting Actor nominee Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn”)
Best Actor – “Henry V” (1989)

Best Supporting Actor nominee Nick Nolte (“Warrior”)
Best Actor – “The Prince of Tides” (1991), “Affliction” (1997)

Best Supporting Actor nominee Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”)
Best Supporting Actor – “The Last Station” (2009)

Best Supporting Actor nominee Max Von Sydow (“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”)
Best Actor – “Pelle the Conqueror” (1988)

Best Supporting Actress nominee Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”)
Best Actress – “Tumbleweeds” (1999)

The first-timers are:

Best Actor nominees Demian Bichir (“A Good Life”), Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Solider Spy”);

Best Actress nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”);

Best Supporting Actor nominee Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”); and 

Best Supporting Actress nominees Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”), Jessica Chastain (“The Help”), Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Help”). 

Last year, there were four previous champs, eight past nominees — including eventual lead acting winners Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) and supporting actress Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) — and eight rookies, including supporting actor champ Christian Bale (“The Fighter”). 

In 2009, there were five previous winners, another three previous Oscar contenders, including Best Actor Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) and 12 newcomers, including Best Actress Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and supporting winners Christoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”) and Mo’Nique (“Precious”).

Of the 2008 nominees, five were previous Oscar champs, including eventual Best Actor winner Sean Penn (“Milk); another six were previous Oscar nominees including the other three acting winners — Best Actress Kate Winslet (“The Reader”)  and supporting players Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) and Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”) — and nine were newcomers.

And in 2007, among the 19 acting nominees, six were previous Oscar winners, including Best Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”); four, including Supporting Actor champ Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”), were previous nominees; and nine were first-time Oscar contenders, including the two women who won –- lead Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) and featured Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”).


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