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  • jjjmoss
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    I was mulling this after Spielberg finally got an actor an Oscar with Lincoln, and then AGI got Leo his long-awaited Oscar after 10 AGI-nommed perfs in a 5-film streak.

    Statistically it would be something like:
    Ang Lee – Gyllenhaal Bafta, Winslet Sag + Bafta, Thompson Bafta, (non-nominated Weaver Bafta)
    Mike Leigh – Staunton Bafta, Blethyn Bafta+Globe, (non-nominated Hawkins Globe)
    Barbra Streisand – Nolte Globe, Bacall Globe+Sag

    Since Ang Lee’s my personal fave, I would say that factually it would also be him, esp with Kate Winslet who’s one of my favorite actors.
    But how do y’all feel?

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    Daniel B.
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    David Fincher
    David Lynch

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    jacob121
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    Yeah, I’ll second Fincher – that is pretty surprising to me.

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    Anonymous
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    Ang Lee, I’d live if Kristen Stewart was able to break his actors’ non-winning streak

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    BamaEd
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    Danny Boyle has had 3 performances nominated for Academy Awards with Franco, Fassbender, and Winslet. In addition, Patel & Pinto were nominated for BAFTAs, with Patel also nominated at SAG.

    Fincher has had 5 performances nominated for Academy Awards (too lazy to look beyond haha)

    Lynch also has had 3 performances nominated for Academy Awards.

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    OnTheAisle
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    I think the title goes to Alexander Payne.

    7 Acting nods
    Nebraska (Bruce Dern and June Squibb)
    The Descendants (George Clooney)
    Sideways (Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen)
    About Schmidt (Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates)

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    Manuel Colon
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    I think the title goes to Alexander Payne.

    7 Acting nods
    Nebraska (Peter Fonda and June Squibb)
    The Descendants (George Clooney)
    Sideways (Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen)
    About Schmidt (Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates)

    It was Bruce Dern from Nebraska! haha.

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    OnTheAisle
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    I think the title goes to Alexander Payne.

    7 Acting nods
    Nebraska (Peter Fonda and June Squibb)
    The Descendants (George Clooney)
    Sideways (Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen)
    About Schmidt (Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates)

    It was Bruce Dern from Nebraska! haha.

    Good catch! (Honestly, Peter Fonda would have been an improvement)

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    BamaEd
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    It should have been 8 for Payne. I’m still bitter than Reese didn’t get her well deserved nomination for Election! Also, Giamatti was a surprising snub for Sideways.

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    Eddy Q
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    Alexander Payne and Mike Leigh are the two most notable cases, I think. Payne’s actors always tend to lose to showier work, including two cases of extreme weight loss, an impersonation of a famous movie-star, and a silent movie performance. Some of Leigh’s actors are quite showy (usually in a good way), but there always seems to be a more popular choice. I’m fairly certain that Brenda Blethyn would have won for Secrets and Lies without Fargo (though my vote that year would go to Emily Watson). On a side note, it saddens me that David Thewlis in Naked, Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky and Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner were ignored by most mainstream awards bodies, though Hawkins had an easy time at the Globes due to being in a comedy. All of them would be my choice to win in their respective years, and they each won both NYFCC, NSFC and a major film festival award. My hunch is that Leigh will never direct an Oscar-winning performance, but Payne might.

    What I also find fascinating is that Steven Spielberg was in the same position of having never directed an Oscar-winning performance throughout his career, even after Schindler’s List, and then suddenly he directs two in a row. Funny how these things go.

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