Historically, Best Picture winners will do well in the acting races. Only 11 Best Picture winners have won without any acting nominations. That’s not surprising, considering broad support is usually necessary to win the big prize. So I found it kind of surprising that only 11 times in history has the Best Picture winner also won Best Actress. Compare that to 26 for Best Actor (with 3 cases of crossover). It has been over a decade since a film won both awards. Now, there is a case to be made that a majority of the recent Best Picture winners have been very male-oriented, but in that time, 18 best picture nominees had Best Actress nominees or winners compared to the zero for Best Picture winners.
I don’t want this to simply be a thread about the ‘sexist academy’ but I need to ask, for films that seem likely to be contenders in both categories this year, (Sufragette, The Danish Girl, Carol, etc.) will they be hindered by this trend? Will something like Bridge of Spies, The Hateful Eight or another film with a male protagonist be favoured instead?
Let’s see…let me know if I’ve forgotten or missed anyone but I believe Best Actress went to 11 Lead perfs in films which also won Best Picture since 1934:
Claudette Colbert It Happened One Night
Luise Rainer The Great Ziegfeld
Vivien Leigh Gone With the Wind
Greer Garson Mrs Miniver
Louise Fletcher One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Diane Keaton Annie Hall
Shirley MacLaine Terms of Endearment
Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy
Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love
Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby
I think 2004 is the last time Best Actress and Best Picture won together. (shocked face icon)
I noticed the gaps between these two wins as well.
So in 80 years it’s happened 11 times. Not great odds.
Did I forget anyone?