Will “The Favourite” rule over the female acting races at the Oscars? The film has three strong potential acting nominees in lead hopeful Olivia Colman and supporting contenders Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. If Colman and one of Stone and Weisz prevail, it’d mark the 11th time — and first in 20 years — that a pair of co-stars won both categories.
The previous 10 films that won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress are:
1. “Jezebel” (1938): Best Actress for Bette Davis, Best Supporting Actress for Fay Bainter
2. “Gone with the Wind” (1939): Best Actress for Vivien Leigh, Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel
3. “Mrs. Miniver” (1942): Best Actress for Greer Garson, Best Supporting Actress for Teresa Wright
4. “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951): Best Actress for Vivien Leigh, Best Supporting Actress for Kim Hunter
5. “The Miracle Worker” (1962): Best Actress for Anne Bancroft, Best Supporting Actress for Patty Duke
6. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966): Best Actress for Elizabeth Taylor, Best Supporting Actress for Sandy Dennis
7. “Network” (1976): Best Actress for Faye Dunaway, Best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight
8. “Moonstruck” (1987): Best Actress for Cher, Best Supporting Actress for Olympia Dukakis
9. “The Piano” (1993): Best Actress for Holly Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Anna Paquin
10. “Shakespeare in Love” (1998): Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow, Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench
The 20-year gap would be the longest span of time between films sweeping both female categories. Arguably the closest we got during this period was “The Help” (2011), which was widely predicted to snag statuettes for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, but Davis lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”).
While the placements of the three “Favourite” leading ladies is still being debated — with many believing Colman, as the mercurial Queen Anne, would’ve been a lock in supporting — “The Favourite” is only film predicted to earn nominations in both female acting categories. Stone and Weisz, as the women scheming to be the queen’s court favourite, would also be the 35th pair of co-stars to be nominated in Best Supporting Actress.
Currently, Colman is in second place in our Best Actress odds, behind Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”), while Stone and Weisz are in third and fourth place, respectively, in our Best Supporting Actress predictions, trailing Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Amy Adams (“Vice”).
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on January 22.