Of the 63 people who have gone home with at least two Oscars on the same evening, only four of them have been women. Lady Gaga could well become the fifth woman to make history at the Academy Awards with wins for both Best Actress and Best Original Song (“Shallow) for “A Star is Born.”
The first woman to pull off this double act was costume designer Edith Head in 1950. Back then, there were Oscars for both black-and-white and color films and Head claimed both for “All About Eve” and “Samson and Delilah.” That evening stands as the Oscar ceremony with the most multiple winners. Joseph L. Mankiewicz won for writing and directing “All About Eve” while three men — Sam Comer, Hans Dreier and Ray Moyer — prevailed twice for art direction of the black-and-white “Sunset Boulevard” and the color film “Samson and Delilah.”
While it took more than half a century for another woman to be a double Oscar champ on the same night, Catherine Martin then did it twice. She won both Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design for “Moulin Rouge” in 2001 and picked up the same Academy Awards in 2013 for “The Great Gatsby” in 2013.
Fran Walsh won three Oscars for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003, as producer and co-writer of the Best Picture winner and as a co-composer of “Into the West.” And Kathryn Bigelow won in 2009 for both directing and producing the Best Picture champ “The Hurt Locker.”
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