It’s been almost two decades since two women from the same film claimed Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the same ceremony. For the 2018 Academy Awards, there are three pairs of ladies who have been receiving lots of pre-Oscar attention — from “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” and “I, Tonya.” Any of those duos would love to match “Shakespeare in Love,” just one of 10 films that has accomplished this double hit.
Gwyneth Paltrow garnered the Best Actress prize at the 1999 ceremony for her turn as the aspiring actress Viola de Lesseps, who masquerades as male actor Thomas Kent in “Shakespeare in Love.” Paltrow was joined on Oscar night by Judi Dench, winning Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I.
And now, “Lady Bird” leading lady Saoirse Ronan has scored Best Actress honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, while Laurie Metcalf has earned Best Supporting Actress trophies from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and National Board of Review. Not to be underestimated, however, are “The Shape of Water” star Sally Hawkins, who recently garnered Best Actress honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and may be joined at the Oscars by Octavia Spencer, hoping to secure her third career Oscar nomination in Best Supporting Actress. There’s also “I, Tonya,” which sports two of the most discussed and celebrated performances of the year in Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. All six of these actresses recently picked up Golden Globe nominations, and five of the six (excluding Spencer) compete at the SAG Awards.
Along with “Shakespeare in Love,” let’s look back on which nine other movies picked up both prizes at the Oscars:
In 1938, Bette Davis earned her second Oscar for her leading turn as southern belle Julie Mardsen in “Jezebel.” Winning the Best Supporting Actress prize was Fay Bainter as Mardsen’s disapproving Aunt Belle. Bainter made history that year as the first actress to earn two Oscar nominations in a single year.
Portraying spoiled southerners continued to pay dividends the following year as Vivien Leigh won the Best Actress prize for her unforgettable portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind” (1939). In Best Supporting Actress, for her scene-stealing turn as the slave Mammy, Hattie McDaniel emerged the first African American to earn an Oscar
A few years later, “Mrs. Miniver” (1942) delivered Greer Garson and Teresa Wright trophies in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their turns as a family matriarch and her new daughter-in-law, navigating their way through the early days of World War II. “Mrs. Miniver” marked the first film to earn five Oscar nominations in acting.
In 1951, Leigh picked up her second Best Actress trophy, once again portraying a southern belle in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Co-star Kim Hunter, playing Blanche DuBois’ younger sister Stella, was triumphant in Best Supporting Actress. With Karl Malden earning the Best Supporting Actor prize for the film, “A Streetcar Named Desire” marked the first picture to garner three acting Oscars.
Reprising her Tony-winning Broadway turn as teacher Annie Sullivan was Anne Bancroft, who scored the Best Actress Oscar for the film adaptation of “The Miracle Worker” (1962). Patty Duke, who had not even garnered a Tony nomination for her stage portrayal of the deaf-blind Helen Keller, earned the Best Supporting Actress prize and, until Tatum O’Neal‘s victory for “Paper Moon” (1973), held the distinction of the category’s youngest winner.
Elizabeth Taylor scored her second Best Actress Oscar for portraying the boozy and bitter Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966). Also triumphing was co-star Sandy Dennis, earning the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her turn as the timid but gradually inebriated Honey.
A decade later, Faye Dunaway emerged triumphant in Best Actress for her iconic, scene-stealing portrayal of ruthless television producer Diana Christensen in “Network” (1976). Winning Best Supporting Actress in an upset was Beatrice Straight, whose five minute and two second turn as the betrayed wife of an unfaithful news division president (William Holden) still holds the record as the shortest Oscar-winning performance. With Peter Finch prevailing in Best Actor, “Network” marked the second film to secure three acting Oscar wins.
The first duo to earn Oscars in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for portraying a mother and daughter were Cher and Olympia Dukakis as the lovable Loretta and Rose Castorini in “Moonstruck” (1987). They were followed six years later by Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin, playing a mute woman and her young daughter in “The Piano” (1993).
Should the actresses from “Lady Bird” or “I, Tonya” emerge triumphant, they will join that elite group, marking only the third pair to date to earn Oscars for portraying a mother and daughter.
Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name stars can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.