Cate Blanchett joined an exclusive club with her victory Sunday night becoming only the 40th person to win multiple Academy Awards for acting. And she got her second Oscar from one of the first 39 — Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third Best Actor prize last year for “Lincoln.”
Blanchett’s first Oscar win was in 2004 in Best Supporting Actress for playing the all-time champ Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.” Her win this year was for Best Actress in Woody Allen‘s “Blue Jasmine.”
Of the 39 other Oscar winners with multiple trophies, 22 are still living: Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Luise Rainer, Maggie Smith, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Denzel Washington, and Dianne Wiest.
All of these but de Havilland, Hackman, Jackson and Rainer are still making movies and could yet win a third Oscar.
Day-Lewis, Nicholson, Streep are already at the three-time level along with the late Ingrid Bergman and Walter Brennan. Hepburn is in the stratosphere with four career victories.