Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks may join an elite Oscar club this year by scoring two concurrent acting nominations. That’s quite an accomplishment considering the dual bids can’t pop up in the same category and there are only two races in which they’re eligible (lead and supporting). Academy rules prohibit doubling up in one acting slot, but, strangely, that same rule doesn’t apply to writers, directors and other contenders. Steven Soderbergh, remember, got nommed twice for Best Director of 2000 (winning for “Traffic,” losing for “Erin Brockovich”).
McConaughey looks like a good bet for a Best Actor bid for “Dallas Buyers Club,” currently landing in third place in our prediction rankings. He’s in 12th place for Best Supporting Actor, but our prognosticators could be underestimating his strength in that contest considering “Mud” was the first DVD screener sent to academy voters this year. That’s usually a big help. McConaughey also appears in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but that performance is still unseen.
In the past, out of the 11 actors who scored two concurrent noms, seven won. However, that success rate doesn’t apply to recent times. Only one of the past four double contenders prevailed: Jamie Foxx (won for “Ray,” lost for “Collateral” in 2004). The last star to score twin bids lost them both in 2007: Cate Blanchett (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “I’m Not There”). This Wikipedia page has the full rundown.