One film in contention at this year’s Oscars earned nominations for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress: “Vice.” How likely is it that leading man Christian Bale and supporting player Amy Adams will both win Academy Awards on Feb. 24? In the 82 years since the supporting awards were introduced at the 9th Oscars, a six lucky seven films could boast victories in both these races.
While this is the second most common of the four winningcombinations behind actress/supporting actress, it is also the one that has not happened in the longest time. The last such duo from the same film to both win were Brenda Fricker and Daniel Day-Lewis for “My Left Foor” in 1990. This was the first of Day-Lewis’s three Best Actor trophies – he could’ve repeated this pairing last year with Lesley Manville for Paul Thomas Anderson’s sublime “Phantom Thread” but, sadly, neither of them won.
Here are the other six winning combos:
Mercedes McCambridge and Broderick Crawford for “All the King’s Men” – 1950
Eva Marie Saint and Marlon Brando for “On the Waterfront” – 1955
Wendy Hiller and David Niven for “Separate Tables” – 1959
Shirley Jones and Burt Lancaster for “Elmer Gantry” -1961
Beatrice Straight and Peter Finch for “Network” – 1977
Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman for “Kramer vs. Kramer” – 1980
This combination has won seven times compared to the five for Supporting Actor and Actor. In all Best Supporting Actor has been paired with a lead award on 11 occasions, compared to 17 for Best Supporting Actress.
It is unlikely that this year’s Oscars will see another supporting actress adding to that roster. Six-time also-ran Adams is running well behind Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). Adams missed two opportunities to win precursors where King had been snubbed: at SAG (where Emily Blunt won for “A Quiet Place”) and at the BAFTAS (Rachel Weisz won for “The Favourite”).
Her leading man could pull off an upset however. Bale won both the Critics’ Choice award and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy. But frontrunner Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) has won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, as well as at both SAG and the BAFTAs.
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