April 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm #100550
Here’s my contribution to the Oscar acting discussion which interests most of the rest of you far more than me. This topic does interest me, since it relates to the politics of winning and the X factors often involved.
Below is a work in progress of winners who had significant assists because of other movies that opened the same year, or in a couple cases in the new year before the voting was over. The ones in bold are cases in which I suspect the winner won because of the significant assist of one or more other significant films, which they might otherwise have been nominated for. It isn’t just a list of their other films the same year.
I might have missed a case or two when the winner had two acting nominations and won for one of them, and there are certainly other potential cases. In a few, the winning role is far less famous than another one the same year (see Mary Astor and Burl Ives as two key examples).
2012 – Jennifer Lawrence/SLP – Hunger Games
Hathaway/Les Miz – Dark Knight Rises
2010 – Melissa Leo/Fighter – Treme (tv)
2008 – Kate Winslet/The Reader – Revol Rd
2005 – George Clooney/Syriana – Good Night & Good Luck
2004 – Jamie Foxx/Ray – Collatoral
1993 – Holly Hunter/The Piano – The Firm
1987 – Michael Douglas/Wall Street – Fatal Attraction
1982 – Jessica Lange/Tootsie – Frances
1978 – Jane Fonda/Coming Home – Comes a Horseman, California
Suite (Xmas), China Syndrome (opened)
1977 – Diane Keaton /Annie Hall – Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Dreyfuss/Goodbye Girl – CE3K
1971 – Cloris Leachman/Last Picture Show – Mary Tyler Moore
1965 – Lee Marvin/Cat Ballou – Ship of Fools
Julie Christie/Darling – Dr Zhivago
1963 – Margaret Rutherford/The VIPs – The Miss Marple movie
1961 – Sophia Loren/Two Women – El Cid
1958 – Burl Ives /The Big Country – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1956 – Yul Brynner/The King & I – The 10 Commandments
1955 – Ernest Borgnine/Marty – Bad Day at Black Rock
1954 – Grace Kelly/The Country Girl – Rear Window
1952 – Gloria Grahame/The Bad & the Beautiful – The Greatest
Show on Earth
1943 – Charles Coburn/The More the Merrier – The Constant
Nymph, Heaven Can Wait
1942 – Teresa Wright/Mrs Miniver – Pride of the Yankees,
Shadow of a Doubt (opened)
1941 – Mary Astor/The Great Lie – The Maltese Falcon
1939 – Thomas Mitchell/Stagecoach – Gone With the Wind
April 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm #100552
Thanks for the list. Do you think that Yul Brynner’s win could also be attributed to his work opposite Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia? He did win the NBR for all three of his performances that year, and the fact that it won Bergman Best Actress likely implies that many voters were aware of it (and him).April 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm #100553
I should have included Anastasia for Brynner as well – good catch
What this does is explain some wins that surprise people (Kelly beating Garland in 54, Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou, Gloria Grahame) – the X factors (including career awards, hurt by previous wins, how the competition divides up, being in a much seen/competitive movie) usually are much more important than the quality of any given performance.
This is one that doesn’t get discussed as much.April 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm #100554
Would Hunter have had a more difficult time winning without The Firm? She swept the precursors.April 27, 2013 at 2:32 am #100555
Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts definitely had the “America’s Sweetheart” thing going for them their respective years, as they showed they had box office muscle (The Proposal/Runaway Bride) and then the capital-A Acting chops (The Blind Side/Erin Brockovich). In fact, I remember when I was very young and I watched Julia Roberts win, since I didn’t know any better, and since the award is colloquially just called “Best Actress”, I thought they were giving it to her for being, like, Actress of the Year for all the stuff she was in.April 27, 2013 at 8:10 am #100556
I’m fairly certain that Al Pacino had Glengarry Glen Ross the same year he won for Scent of a Woman.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.April 27, 2013 at 9:24 am #100557
Logan – the double nomination pretty much guaranteed Hunter’s win – you’re right though that she was the likely winner anywayApril 27, 2013 at 10:02 am #100558
The flip side of this topic is interesting as well. Actors whose momentum for one role was squashed by their performance in another movie. Cases where it did hurt. A popular recent example is Eddie Murphy with Dreamgirls and Norbit.April 27, 2013 at 10:05 am #100559
What about Meryl in 1979?
She had also Manhattan and The Seduction of Joe Tynan out that year and won a few critic awards for all three performances.April 27, 2013 at 10:33 am #100560
The Streep and Pacino mentions are also all valid.
What I am going for in part are other roles that might have been nominated had the winning film not been out there, and these other performances factored into these wins. Streep and Pacino might have won otherwise even without these though, as is the case in some of the mentions. In others, I think it was the key factor in what were close races.April 27, 2013 at 10:57 am #100561
There are also scenarios where having multiple performances per year doesn’t help as well.
This happened to Julianne Moore twice: She was nominated for two Oscar-worthy performances in 2002 (Best Supporting Actress for The Hours and Best Actress for Far From Heaven) and lost both. She had Magnolia and her nominated performance in The End of the Affair in 1999 and lost.
Annette Bening had Mother & Child and her nominated performance in The Kids Are All Right and lost.
Stanley Tucci had Julie & Julia and his nominated performance in The Lovely Bones and lost.
Sigourney Weaver had two nominated performances in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl in the same year and lost both.
Emma Thompson had two nominated performances in The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father in the same year and lost both, though to be fair she had recently won an Oscar the year before.
Cate Blanchett had two nominated performances in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I’m Not There in the same year and lost both, though to be fair she had recently won an Oscar three years earlier.April 27, 2013 at 10:58 am #100562
Well, then Hathaway is also valid. She would have won for Les Miz even without TDKR, I’m sure.April 27, 2013 at 11:30 am #100563
I think Hathaway needed Dark Knight less than Lawrence needed Hunger Games. Hathaway though did win one of her critics’ awards as a joint citation though.
I am not sure that a bad film is ever a key factor, including Murphy’s case, though I’m not certain. Murphy lost mainly because of Arkin’s popularity and the due factor for him and being in a BP nominee more than any negative factors attached to Murphy in my opinion.April 27, 2013 at 11:52 am #100564
Jim Broadbent had Moulin Rouge! and Bridget Jones’s Diary to go along with Iris.
Kevin Spacey had Seven to go along with The Usual Suspects.April 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm #100565
Back in the 30’s thru the 60’s almost every
oscar winning actor has at least 1 other performance
during the same “oscar calendar year’…
I always thought that if the 2nd performance was in a hit film
and the performance was also critically acclaimed..it certainly helped.
if the 2nd performance was really bad and in a flop film..it hurt…
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