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  • ETPhoneHome
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    There are always Oscar acting contenders who appear in multiple fall releases, and this year is no different. Notably, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Daniel Bruhl, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and others are serious contenders with high profile releases. Does having multiple films increase or decrease the chances at a nomination or win? This has been mentioned in other discussions about specific contenders, but I wanted to hear what people thought in general.

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    nkb325
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    I think being in a really commercially succesful film and an awards baity film definitely increases your chances. For example I don’t think Lawrence would have won last year if The Hunger Games hadn’t recently proved she’s America’s current “it” girl.

    I also think having multiple awards baity films can help if you get it out early enough which film your going to be honored for. Jessica Chastain lucked out that The Help being a box office hit made it stand out from her other acclaimed performance that the awards could focus on and she got in. But Carey Mulligan had acclaimed performances in Shame and Drive, and the (televised at least) precursors kind of split the attention between the two which may have hurt her chances of getting in 

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    There are always Oscar acting contenders who appear in multiple fall releases, and this year is no different. Notably, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Daniel Bruhl, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and others are serious contenders with high profile releases. Does having multiple films increase or decrease the chances at a nomination or win? This has been mentioned in other discussions about specific contenders, but I wanted to hear what people thought in general.

     “Does having multiple films increase or decrease the chances at a nomination or win?”

    Difficult to say. I agree with the poster above me, and I also think there are no generalizations about this. A crappy film along with a crappy perf in that film doesnt necessarily mean it will hurt the actor’s chances for either the win or the nom in their other film.. All it proves is that, they’re working.
    Sometimes multiple, acclaimed perfs in acclaimed films can help, at least with a nomination. But I’m not so sure this ensures a win for them.
    Just by example, I’m thinking about Leo DiCaprio, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, and everyone you’ve mentioned. Mathematically I’m not sure we can say with any certainty that it helped or hurt them.  My hunch is that, it doesnt hurt or help them, statistically at least.
    We can even have an Oscar win coupled with a Razzie win in the same year or shortly afterwards. We can have two stellar perfs and neither of them wins…..
    Lol. The question at least for me is a mind-bender.

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    travis112096
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    #118403

    @etphonehome you forget chris hemsworth, benedict cumberbatch and christian bale

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    Riley
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    #118404

    Sarah Paulson is is Mud and 12 Years a Slave (and American Horror Story).

    But Benedict Cumberbatch wins 2013: The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave, Star Trek, The Hobbit and August: Osage County.

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    CanadianFan
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    If only The Fifth Estate wasn’t one of the biggest flops of the year. Even with that, it was a stellar year for the guy. 

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    When the work results in two nominations, the supporting category is often the consolation prize. As George Clooney remarked upon winning Best Supporting Actor for Syriana in 2006, “Wow. All right, so I’m not winning director.”

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    benbraddock
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    For actors  in the past..such as Richard Dreyfuss and Diane Keaton
    in 1977, having 2 performances in 2 highly touted films helped them
    prevail with lead acting statues..

    Sometimes an actor can have 2 performances and be totally snubbed
    which tells me that person was never going to win anyway..

    BTW Dreyfuss…The Goodbye Girl and Close Encounters
             Keaton…..Annie Hall and Looking for Mr. Goodbar

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