Katharine Hepburn & Barbra Streisand’s tie: Who was the big favorite to win that year?

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  • joesilver
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    #140055

    Katharine Hepburn (for The Lion in Winter) & Barbra Streisand (for Funny Girl) had the only tie in the Best Lead Actress category’s history. But if a tie didn’t happen who had the most chances to win that year?

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    Benedick
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    Way before my time, but I have often heard Streisand was favored with Hepburn’s tie being a surprise, especially because she had just won the previous year. O’Toole was the one who was expected to win for the film.

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    Milk Money
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    I always wondered what would have happened had Mia Farrow taken Vanessa Redgraves’ spot.  I am pretty sure however, that had Hepburn lost to Dunaway for Bancroft the previous year Streisand would have went home Oscarless.

    Hepburn’s unexpected consecutive win in ’68 only showed that nominees that we perceive as locks and frontrunners in acting races may have only won by a few votes in the end.

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    OnTheAisle
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    ^ Had Streisand lost the Oscar for Funny Girl, she would most certainly have won for for The Way We Were four years later.

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    Eddy Q
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    I guess Streisand was probably the frontrunner, but I’m glad Hepburn tied because it’s a miles more deserving performance than Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

    Haven’t seen Funny Girl, but it would’ve been amazing to see a Hepburn-Redgrave tie – Hepburn would’ve loved that. I guess Redgrave probably finished 5th, which pains me. She’s brilliant in Isadora.

     

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    RobertPius
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    #140061

    Joanne Woodward was also a strong contender from what I’ve read. 

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    Laactingnyc
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    #140062

    This was a good tie! Both were deserving of the Oscar. Streisand was probably more expected because Hepburn had just won the previous year.

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    Beau S.
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    #140063

    Hepburn deserved this one imo (not the one the year before). Streisand should have won for The Way We Were.

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    Robert Russaw
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    Probably Streisand.

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    Joe Burns
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    Streisand was the favorite:  Woodward won the Ny Film Critics Circle prize and Golden Globe,  but  she was  very angry about her husband being snubbed and  vowed she would not attend the Oscars that year,  it surely didn’t help her chances at all, not to mention that it’s a very subtle, unflashy performance, exactly the opposite of the role that she  did win for.   Patricial Neal  had some sentiment on her side, given she had gone through three strokes, but  there was just too tough competition that year  for her to win again.  I don’t really see Redgrave having much of a chance  though, the film is  so long and dull,  even  if is she is highly impressive in it  and it was only her second nomination, so I think the Academy figured she would have other chances. I think Barbara’s performance had so much star power and the narrative for her was very strong,  so it looked like she would edge out her competition.   Not sure if people Kate to be the runnerup, but given Woodward’s  behavior, I would imagine she was.  I could see people thinking she had won last year,  so  they would pass over her  this year  Glad it was a tie though,  even if Barbara is 4th in my ranking.  

    My ranking:  

    1.  Hepburn

    2.  Neal  

    3.  Woodward  (Should rewatch though,  kinda fuzzy on her)  

    4.  Streisand

    5.  Redgrave    

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    Etchie
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    Any Thoughts & Reactions to Bette Davis contention that this should be counted as a Half (1/2) Win for Hepburn & Streisand.  There must be some from the Film Industry then who commented on it. 

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    It’s so refreshing that three of Hepburn’s four wins happened after she turned 60.
    I believe Hepburn’s win must have been surprising, especially given that – from what I’ve read – her 1967 win was just as unpopular back then as it is now. If they wanted to honor Tracy, they could have done so and not give a wasted Oscar to Hepburn for what is one of her dullest performances. Streisand has never worked for me as an actor. She’s always too obvious, but from the reaction when she wins (the ovation, holding hands with Ingrid Bergman), she must have been the It girl that year.

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    benbraddock
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    #140068

    Hepburns win was shocking because of winning for the  previous
    year, but she gave the performance of her career and couldnt be denied.
    O’Toole, also deserving got snubbed as usual…Woodward won the NYFC
    award and Streisand had won the GG  as comedy/musical actress..Very few
    precursors in those days..By Oscar night, STREISAND  was the steamroller
    frontrunner and all bets were on her…She became an EGOT only 3 years later.
    STREISAND  was a phenomenon in the 60’s and nothing wouldve stopped her
    from winning but i guess the academy had different ideas about HEPBURNS
    brilliance as well…

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    manakamana
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    On a sidenote, I’ve read that the Academy confirmed it was a proper statisticial tie, and the year before that Streisand had been invited to be a voting member of the Academy (which was considered unusual). Had they not taken that step, one would presume that Hepburn would have technically won.

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