Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way, but Mahershala Ali and Rachel Weisz could be actually perfect at the Oscars. The Oscar winners are on the verge of their second nominations, for “Green Book” and “The Favourite,” respectively, and could become the seventh and eighth actors to have a 2-for-2 record.
Only six actors have never lost an Oscar from multiple nominations:
1. Luise Rainer: Best Actress for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937)
2. Vivien Leigh: Best Actress for “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)
3. Helen Hayes: Best Actress for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1932) and Best Supporting Actress for “Airport” (1970)
4. Kevin Spacey: Best Supporting Actor for “The Usual Suspects” (1995) and Best Actor for “American Beauty” (1999)
5. Hilary Swank: Best Actress for “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
6. Christoph Waltz: Best Supporting Actor for “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012)
Two other stars used to be in this club. Jason Robards won back-to-back Best Supporting Actor Oscars for “All the President’s Men” (1976) and “Julia” (1977), but lost his third bid in the category for “Melvin and Howard” (1980). Two-time Best Actress winner Sally Field (1979’s “Norma Rae,” 1984’s “Places in the Heart”) lost her third nomination and first in the supporting category for “Lincoln” (2012) — the very same night Waltz became a 2-for-2 champ.
Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor for “Moonlight” (2016), looks poised to triumph in the category again, with 17/5 odds, for his performance as pianist Don Shirley. He’s already won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards, and is the frontrunner to take the Screen Actors Guild Award as well, where he could also achieve a 2-for-2 record.
Meanwhile, Weisz has been waiting 13 years for her sophomore nomination after her Best Supporting Actress win for “The Constant Gardener” (2005). Currently in fourth in our Best Supporting Actress odds, she’s hit all the major precursors and is the predicted BAFTA champ for her turn as Sarah Churchill. While Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) sits atop our Oscar predictions, her SAG and BAFTA snubs have added some unexpected wrinkles in this race. In recent split races, the BAFTA winner has dictated the eventual Oscar winner (see: Mark Rylance for 2015’s “Bridge of Spies,” Tilda Swinton for 2007’s “Michael Clayton” and Alan Arkin for 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine”).
Ali and Weisz aren’t the only ones this year trying to go 2-for-2. Reigning Best Supporting Actor champ Sam Rockwell is in sixth place in our odds in the same category for “Vice” and has Globe and BAFTA nominations under his belt.
No one has managed to maintain a perfect record with three or more nominations, but Walter Brennan did go 3-for-3 before losing his fourth Best Supporting Actor bid for “Sergeant York” (1941).
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.