Swedish ingenue Alicia Vikander had two reasons to celebrate Friday with BAFTA nominations for her leading role in “The Danish Girl” and her featured turn in “Ex Machina.” Unlike the Oscars, the BAFTAs allow more than one nomination per category so she could have been cited in supporting as well for “The Danish Girl.” After all, that is where she is being positioned for the Oscars. But while the Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards nominated her there, the Golden Globes bumped her up to lead and the actors branch of the academy might well do the same. After all, they did that with Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider,” 2003) and Kate Winslet (“The Reader,” 2008).
Winslet is one of six women prior to Vikander to have pulled off this double act at BAFTA and she did it twice, both times in Best Actress. Let’s take a closer look at how each of these half dozen two-time nominees fared here and at the Oscars for these performances.
In 1992, Richardson reaped Supporting Actress bids for both “Damage” and “The Crying Game” winning for the former. She contended for “Damage” at the Oscars but lost to Marisa Tomei (“My Cousin Vinny”) who had not been eligible at the BAFTAs.
In 1993, Hunter won Best Actress for “The Piano” but lost Supporting Actress, where she contended for “The Firm,” to Miriam Margoyles (“The Age of Innocence”). She was nominated in both races at the Oscars, winning in lead and losing in supporting to co-star Anna Paquin who had been snubbed by BAFTA.
In 2002, she lost her Best Actress bid for “The Hours” to co-star Nicole Kidman; Streep was snubbed at the Oscars while Kidman won there too. She did vie at both awards for Best Supporting Actress for “Adaptation” but lost those races to Catharine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”).
In 2003, she won her Best Actress bid for “Lost in Translation” over, among others, herself in “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” She was snubbed at the Oscars, which honored Charlize Theron (“Monster”), who was nominated at the BAFTAs for this role the following year.
She has reaped two Best Actress bids twice. In 2004, she lost for both “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and Finding Neverland” to Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”). She contended at the Oscars for “Eternal” as did Staunton; both lost to Hillary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) who had been ineligible at the BAFTAs. And in 2008 Winslet won for “The Reader” over, among others, herself in “Revolutionary Road.” She repeated at the Oscars for the former.
In 2007, she contended in Best Actress for “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” but lost to Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) and in Supporting Actress for “I’m Not There,” which went to Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”). Both of those women prevailed at the Oscars too winning over, among others, Blanchett.
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“The Danish Girl” photo credit: Focus Features
“Ex Machina” photo credit: Moviestore/REX