Seven could be a lucky number for Kate Winslet at the Oscars. This year she is a strong contender to reap a seventh bid for her supporting turn in “Steve Jobs” and she could become the seventh actress to claim both acting Oscars. Back in 2008, she had became the youngest actress ever to earn six Oscar nominations at age 33 and she finally won when she set that record, picking up the Best Actress prize for “The Reader.”
if Winslet prevails for “Steve Jobs,” she’ll become just the fourth Best Actress Oscar champ who went on to win again for a supporting role:
Helen Hayes won Best Actress in 1931 for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1931) and then Best Supporting Actress four decades later in 1970 for “Airport”;
Ingrid Bergman won Best Actress twice [“Gaslight,” (1944) and “Anastasia” (1956)] before her 1974 Best Supporting Actress win for “Murder on the Orient Express”; and
Maggie Smith won Best Actress in 1969 for “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and then Best Supporting Actress in 1978 for “California Suite.”
Three women have gone the other way, first taking home the Best Supporting Actress award and then going on to win Best Actress:
Meryl Streep won Best Supporting Actress in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and then Best Actress in 1982 for “Sophie’s Choice” and in 2011 for “The Iron Lady”; and
Jessica Lange won Best Supporting Actress in 1982 for “Tootsie” and then Best Actress in 1994 for “Blue Sky.”
Cate Blanchett won Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for “The Aviator” and then Best Actress in 2013 for “Blue Jasmine.”
Directed by Danny Boyle (Oscar winner for “Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Aaron Sorkin (Oscar champ for “The Social Network”), “Steve Jobs” stars Michael Fassbender as the mercurial computer whiz. Winslet, nearly unrecognizable with brown hair and glasses, play his long-suffering adviser Joanna Hoffman, an Armenian immigrant.
According to Gold Derby’s exclusive predictions by 21 top Hollywood journalists who cover the Oscar beat year-round, Winslet is in third place with odds of 9/2 behind Rooney Mara (“Carol”) with leading odds of 11/5 and newcomer Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) at 10/3.
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Mara and Vikander, who are all but co-leads in their respective films, earn places on the ballots of all 21 of our experts. Winslet makes the cut with 19 of our experts while Fonda (herself a two-time Best Actress winner) is listed by a dozen Oscarologists and Leigh by 11 of us.
This would be Winslet’s third nomination in supporting after “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) and “Iris” (2001). Her four lead bids were for “Titanic” (1997), “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), “Little Children” (2006) and “The Reader” (2008).
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Note: The original text of this post mistakenly omitted Blanchett’s double wins. Much thanks to Scott Berozi (imrw15 in our forums) for pointing out this error.
Photo: Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs.” Credit: Francois Duhamel/Universal Pictures