Throughout Oscar’s 89-year history, only five performers have taken home back-to-back trophies for acting. Will any of this year’s winners — Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), Viola Davis (“Fences”) or Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) — be the next to join this exclusive club? Revisit all of Oscars’ consecutive acting champs by clicking through our photo gallery above.
Iconic star Luise Rainer made Oscar history by becoming the first back-to-back acting champ. In 1936 she took home the Best Actress trophy for “The Great Ziegfeld” for playing real-life entertainer Anna Held, who was the common law wife of famed Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld. The very next year, she won Best Actress again for “The Good Earth” for her role as a long-suffering Chinese wife in this adaptation of the classic novel by Pearl Buck.
Tom Hanks is the most recent winner of back-to-back Oscars. In 1993 he won the Best Actor trophy for “Philadelphia” for taking on the role of a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS who sues his employers for wrongful termination. Hanks returned to win again for “Forrest Gump” just one year later for playing the good-hearted title character who finds himself involved in some of the defining moments of the 1960s and 1970s.