By winning Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor during Sunday’s ceremony, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”) just became only the sixth duo in Academy Awards history to claim both acting prizes. McDormand and Rockwell were heavily favored to win after claiming similar trophies at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Indie Spirits. “Three Billboards” now joins this esteemed list of five Oscar movies that took home both acting kudos:
“Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
Best Actress for Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald
Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman as Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris
“Terms of Endearment” (1983)
Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine as Aurora Greenway
Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson as Garrett Breedlove
Best Actress for Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles
Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey as Master of Ceremonies
Best Actress for Patricia Neal as Alma Brown
Best Supporting Actor for Melvyn Douglas as Homer Bannon
“A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)
Best Actress for Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois
Best Supporting Actor for Karl Malden as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell
In Martin McDonagh‘s quirky small-town drama, McDormand’s Mildred Hayes puts up three controversial billboards in an effort to guilt the police department for not solving her daughter’s rape and murder. This was her second Best Actress Oscar after previously winning for “Fargo” (1996).
Rockwell, meanwhile, portrays racist police officer Jason Dixon who goes head-to-head with Mildred until they finally find common ground. This was his first career Oscar nomination after being an actor for 30 years.