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    How often has this happened?  That two actors nominated from the same movie don’t share any scenes?

    Some obvious examples are:

    * Robert De Niro and everyone else (Pacino, Shire, Gazzo, Strasberg) in The Godfather, Part II.  In fact, Strasberg doesn’t appear with Gazzo or Shire either. 
    * Kate Winslet and Dench & Broadbent in Iris
    * Nicole Kidman and Moore & Harris in The Hours
    * Gloria Stuart and Kate Winslet in Titanic
    * Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi in Babel
    * Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott-Thomas in The English Patient

    Of course, these are all because the characters occupy different stories and/or timelines that wouldn’t have them intersect in any way (or in some cases, they’re playing the exact same person)

    But what about movies where the characters function in the same narrative space, but still never act in a single scene together?

     For example, even though she is directly responsible for his death, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson never have a scene together in Michael Clayton.

    In Network, Beatrice Straight doesn’t share any scenes (IIRC) with Finch, Dunaway, or Beatty (and I don’t remember Beatty interacting with Holden either). 

    Minnie Driver and Robin Williams never appear together in Good Will Hunting.  Neither do Jane Alexander and Jason Robards in All the President’s Men.

    There are other pairs who I don’t remember appearing together but can’t be 100% certain (going off my memory):

    Samuel L. Jackson & Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
    George Sanders & Thelma Ritter in All About Eve
    Kathleen Quinlan & Ed Harris in Apollo 13
    Teri Garr & Jessica Lange in Tootsie
    Al Pacino & Chris Sarandon in Dog Day Afternoon (though they do have a phone conversation)

    And plenty of others, I’m sure.  Which ones come to mind for you?

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    For a fairly recent example, I can’t remember a scene between Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. Also, I’m fairly sure that there is no scene between Viola Davis and Amy Adams in Doubt. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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    For a fairly recent example, I can’t remember a scene between Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Yes, they do have one scene together–there’s a formal function or party at the White House that Mary Todd is hosting and they have some prickly exchange of words.  Brief, but there. 

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    In “Network” Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway never talk to each other and, if I’m not wrong, are not in the same room at the same time.

    Julianne Moore and Ed Harris were not in the same scenes of “The Hours” either, if you don’t count mixing timelines.

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    If im remembering correctly Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence never interact in American Hustle. I think they appear on screen in a big group scene but i dont think they ever speak together or even interact in a smaller group

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    Gloria Stuart/Kate Winslet – “Titanic”

    Erich von S and Gloria Swanson/Nancy Olson – “Sunset Blvd.” 

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    [quote=”Tischeo”]For a fairly recent example, I can’t remember a scene between Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Yes, they do have one scene together–there’s a formal function or party at the White House that Mary Todd is hosting and they have some prickly exchange of words.  Brief, but there. [/quote]
    Ok, I don’t remember that at all. Thanks for the correction!

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    If im remembering correctly Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence never interact in American Hustle. I think they appear on screen in a big group scene but i dont think they ever speak together or even interact in a smaller group

    Yeah, in the interest of this question, group scenes count because it required them to both be on the set at the same time.  Essentially, who might’ve gone through their entire shooting experience and never encounter their co-nominee on the set?  So AH wouldn’t count. 

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    ^^I think they are for a moment in the frame together and there’s some scene when Adams and Cooper walk together and J. Law snaps at seeing her at the beginning of the party. I disliked the movie very much but this entire party sequence was even enjoyable.

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    In “Network” Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway never talk to each other and, if I’m not wrong, are not in the same room at the same time.

    Julianne Moore and Ed Harris were not in the same scenes of “The Hours” either, if you don’t count mixing timelines.

    I remember Moore shows up in old-person makeup at the end, but don’t remember with whom she intereacts beyond Streep (I guess maybe it’s after Harris takes his leap).

    Yeah, I can see Finch & Dunaway never crossing paths but wasn’t positive because both do ascend within the network at the same time.  Thought she might’ve been on the news set one day.

    Thanks! 

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    ^^No problem. 

    Geraldine Page and Maureen Stapleton – “Interiors”

    Jessica Lange and Teri Garr – “Tootsie”

    John Lithgow and Shirley MacLaine/Jack Nicholson – “Terms of Endearment”

    Joan Cusack and Sigourney Weaver – “The Working Girl”

    Check out Jason Robards and his co-stars from “Julia” 

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    Gloria Stuart/Kate Winslet – “Titanic”

    Erich von S and Gloria Swanson/Nancy Olson – “Sunset Blvd.” 

    Erich von S must’ve been the one who lets Nancy Olson in when she visits Norma Desmond’s estate at the end, so I’m pretty sure he’s there (not 100%).  I think Norma sees her leave from the window but I don’t recall if that’s depicted or implied.  So they all may have missed each other by seconds.  

    Titanic is in the OP. 

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    ^^Oops, yeah, sorry. Norma is there in the house when they’re talking and she watches them but never gets to talk to Nancy’s character besides this one telephone conversation. I’d have to rewatch it but unless there’s one shot when Nancy goes out and Gloria is seen upstairs, they could both miss each other on the set. I don’t remember Erich in this scene at all so I’d have to rewatch it to be sure. 

    If I would have more spare time on my hands, I’d check out Cecil Kellaway and how/if he interacts with Beah Richards and Spencer Tracy on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. Pretty worthless nomination, I’m afraid. 

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    ^^^ To the DVD player!

    I remember very little of INTERIORS or JULIA and good call on Lithgow in TERMS.

    I imagine because Cusack and Weaver work in the same office, there might be a scene where they’re in each other’s orbits, so not 100% on that.  But very possible.

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    It’s great stimulating topic. I’m 100% of Page and Stapleton in “Interiors”. They probably were filming together as their characters are in the same house for a brief moment near the end of the movie but they never interact with each other.

    I’m thinking Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch on “Ordinary People”. 

    Speaking of Geraldine Page, I was very impressed with her turn on “Sweet Bird of Youth” but did she have any scenes with Ed Begley and Shirley Knight? All I remember is her being in that hotel room with Paul Newman.  

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