“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is predicted to take home five BAFTA Awards on Sunday, including trophies for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. That combo for one film is rare at BAFTA, and if they pull it off, they’d only be the fourth duo to do so and the first in 19 years.
Since BAFTA added supporting categories for the class of 1968, the only films to nab Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor are “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), which was released a year later in the U.K., for Louise Fletcher and Brad Dourif; “A Private Function” (1984) for Maggie Smith and Denholm Elliott; and “Elizabeth” (1998) for Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush.
In Oscar history, five films have accomplished this, but there is no overlap with BAFTA: “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) for Vivien Leigh and Karl Malden; “Hud” (1963) for Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas; “Cabaret” (1972) for Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey; “Terms of Endearment” (1983) for Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson; and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) for Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman.
McDormand and Rockwell are also the Oscar frontrunners in their respective races, so this means if they triumph in both places, this will be the first time BAFTA and Oscar picked the same leading lady-supporting guy pair.
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