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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #73592

    This came to mind when I thought about Amy Adams possibly earning a fourth supporting nomination. I wondered how rare it is to earn that many nominations in the supporting race. Most actors who hit it big enough to get that many bids usually have lead nominations mixed in there too. (Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, for instance, only have 3, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, and probably others didn’t have any supporting bids at all.)

    In my initial research I’ve come up with four names so far: Jack Nicholson (4 supporting nominations), Walter Brennan (4), Maggie Smith (4), and poor Thelma Ritter (6, no wins). Are there others?

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    Ryan Earle
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    #73594

    Arthur Kennedy received 5 nominations. 4 in supporting and 1 in lead in 1951.

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    Ryan Earle
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    #73595

    Maureen Stapleton had 4 supporting nominations, winning on her fourth try.
    Lee Grant had 4 supporting nominations, winning on her third try. 

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    Ryan Earle
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    Agnes Moorehead had 4 nominations in supporting, never winning.
    Ethel Barrymore had 4 nominations in supporting, winning her 1st try. 

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    Ryan Earle
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    Claude Rains had 4 supporting nominations, never winning.
    Geraldine Page had 4 supporting nominations, but she also had 4 lead nominations. The reason for her having so many nominations is because she took parts to test her acting. She never took a role because of the size, it was always about “Have I done this before or is this something new to test myself.” 

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    Ryan Earle
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    To kind of illustrate your point though, there is a two time supporting winner who has received 3 total nominations. Her name is Dianne Wiest and I don’t believe she’s ever had a lead role, not nomination, but I mean ever been given a lead role to perform. Some people prefer or are happier in supporting roles I think.

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    awardskel
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    Many have come close with 3 supporting bids –

    Claire Trevor (Dead End, Key Largo*, The High and the Mighty)
    Charles Coburn (The Devil and Miss Jones, The More the Merrier*, The Green Years)
    Gladys Cooper (Now, Voyager, The Song of Bernadette, My Fair Lady)
    Charles Bickford (The Song of Bernadette, The Farmer’s Daughter, Johnny Belinda)
    Anne Revere (The Song of Bernadette, National Velvet*, Gentleman’s Agreement)
    Celeste Holm (Gentleman’s Agreement*, Come to the Stable, All About Eve)
    Gig Young (Come Fill the Cup, Teacher’s Pet, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?*)
    Peter Ustinov (Quo Vadis, Spartacus*, Topkapi*)
    Jack Palance (Sudden Fear, Shane, City Slickers*)
    Shelley Winters (The Diary of Anne Frank*, A Patch of Blue*, The Poseidon Adventure)
    Gene Hackman (Bonnie and Clyde, I Never Sang for My Father, Unforgiven*)
    Jeff Bridges (The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,  The Contender)
    Robert Duvall (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, A Civil Action)
    Al Pacino (The Godfather, Dick Tracy, Glengarry Glen Ross)
    Dianne Ladd (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose)
    Jason Robards (All the President’s Men*, Julia*, Melvin and Howard)
    Meryl Streep (The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer*, Adaptation.)
    Glenn Close (The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural)
    Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters*, Parenthood, Bullets Over Broadway*)
    Martin Landau (Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Ed Wood*) 
    Frances McDormand (Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous, North Country)
    Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny*, In the Bedroom, The Wrestler) 
    Cate Blanchett (The Aviator*, Notes on a Scandal, I’m Not There) 
    Amy Adams (Junebug, Doubt, The Wrestler) 

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    FEDEclown
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    ^ Amy Adams also got 3 nominations!

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    iskolar
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    Supporting Actor:

    Walter Brennan – Come and Get It (1936) (win), Kentucky (1938) (win), The Westerner (1940) (win), Sergeant York (1941)
    Arthur Kennedy –
    Champion (1949), Trial (1955), Peyton Place (1957), Some Came Running (1958)
    Jack Nicholson –
    Easy Rider (1969), Reds (1981), Terms of Endearment (1983) (win), A Few Good Men (1992)
    Claude Rains –
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1929), Casablanca (1943), Mr. Skeffington (1944), Notorious (1946)

    Supporting Actress:

    Ethel Barrymore – None but the Lonely Heart (1944) (win), The Spiral Staircase (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Pinky (1949),
    Lee Grant-
    Detective Story (1951), The Landlord (1970), Shampoo (1975) (win), Voyage of the Damned (1976)
    Agnes Moorehead –
    The MAgnificent Ambersons (1942), Mrs. Parkington (1944), Johnny Belinda (1948), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
    Geraldine Page – 
    Hondo (1953), You’re a Big Boy Now (1966), Pete ‘n’Tilie (1972), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
    Maggie Smith –
    Othello (1965), California Suite (1978) (win), A Room with a View (1986), Gosford Park (2001)
    Maureen Stapleton –
    Lonelyhearts (1958), Airport (1970), Interiors (1978), Reds (1981) (win)
    Thelma Ritter –
    All About Eve (1950), The Mating Season (1951), Write a Song in My Heart (1952), Pickup on SOuth Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

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    Bill Buchanan
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    cate Blanchett is gonna get her fourth supporting nomination in the next 2 years. That’s pretty much a given. The question is… for which of the 100 movies she will be in will it be?

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    Among people who won Oscar at least once (for supporting, leading or both) this is complete list of 4-time supporting nominees. Nobody was nominated 5 times or more in supporting.

    Female actors:
    Maggie Smith 
    Geraldine Page
    Maureen Stapleton
    Lee Grant
    Ethel Barrymore

    Male actors:
    Jack Nicholson 
    Walter Brennan
     
    Then people who never won an Oscar: Agnes Moorehead, Thelma Ritter (6 – record), Arthur Kennedy, Claude Rains. I guess that’s everyone so you pretty much nailed it. 

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    Jake
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    To kind of illustrate your point though, there is a two time supporting winner who has received 3 total nominations. Her name is Dianne Wiest and I don’t believe she’s ever had a lead role, not nomination, but I mean ever been given a lead role to perform. Some people prefer or are happier in supporting roles I think.

    Which is a giant shame. She should have been nominated also for “Radio Days” and/or “Synecdoche, New York”. 

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    dannyboy.
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    Also great in Rabbit Hole.. One more scene would have given her a nomination for that. The role was a touch too short (unless you are Ruby Dee). Its bizarre that I would have given her all three wins, Parenthood is my favorite nomination of hers. Barbara Hershey deserved to win for Hannah and Her Sisters, though but amongst the competition Wiest was hilarious and heartbreaking. She was also the Lead in a horrible French film, I saw.. Can’t remember the name..

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    babypook
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    Also great in Rabbit Hole.. One more scene would have given her a nomination for that. The role was a touch too short (unless you are Ruby Dee). Its bizarre that I would have given her all three wins, Parenthood is my favorite nomination of hers. Barbara Hershey deserved to win for Hannah and Her Sisters, though but amongst the competition Wiest was hilarious and heartbreaking.

    She was also the Lead in a horrible French film, I saw.. Can’t remember the name..

    Lol!  The one which features Vanessa Redgrave? Merci Docteur Rey?

    Wiest has one or two scenes in RH which really got to me, particularly when she quietly reminds Nicole that she’s experienced the same loss.

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    [quote=”RyanEarle”]To kind of illustrate your point though, there is a two time supporting winner who has received 3 total nominations. Her name is Dianne Wiest and I don’t believe she’s ever had a lead role, not nomination, but I mean ever been given a lead role to perform. Some people prefer or are happier in supporting roles I think.

    Which is a giant shame. She should have been nominated also for “Radio Days” and/or “Synecdoche, New York”. [/quote]

    I highly recommend that fans of Dianne Wiest make the effort to find her performance as an abused wife in 1983’s Independence Day. It’s 30 years later, and I still am haunted by her stunning work. I became a fan of Ms. Wiest the first time I saw the film and urged people to see it then. Her exemplary work will not prepare you for the power of a young actress brimming with vitality and talent in this average film with a heartbreaking performance.

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