Does winning Best Actress help win Best Picture?

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  • ETPhoneHome
    Jan 3rd, 2013

    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?

    Nov 4th, 2010

    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?


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