Two films in contention at this year’s Oscars earned nominations for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress: “The Favourite” (twice) and “Roma.” How likely is it that both women from the same film will win Academy Awards on Feb. 24? In the 82 years since the supporting awards were introduced at the 9th Oscars, 10 films could boast victories in both these races.
Fay Bainter and Bette Davis for “Jezebel” – 1939
Hattie McDaniel and Vivien Leigh for “Gone With the Wind” – 1940
Teresa Wright and Greer Garson for “Mrs. Miniver” – 1942
Kim Hunter and Vivien Leigh for “A Streetcar Named Desire” – 1952
Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft for “The Miracle Worker” – 1963
Sandy Dennis and Elizabeth Taylor for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” – 1967
Beatrice Straight and Faye Dunaway for “Network” – 1977
Olympia Dukakis and Cher for “Moonstruck” – 1988
Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter for “The Piano” in 1994
Judi Dench and Gwyneth Paltrow for “Shakespeare in Love” – 1999
While it has been two decades since that last double win, it is the most common of the four possible combinations of lead and featured performances outpacing Supporting Actor/Actor (five occurrences), Supporting Actor/Actress (six), and Supporting Actress/Actor (seven).
For such a male-dominated industry, it is perhaps surprising that the two male acting categories are least paired while the two female ones are the most. My guess? The film industry has no shortage of male roles (lead or supporting) so they have been able to spread the love across different male performances in different films, meaning less of an overlap.
Could one of this year’s pairings of women both win? Here are the possibilities:
Okay, okay, de Tavira and Aparicio will not be happening, granted. Their surprise nominations were victories in themselves. But “The Favourite,” with two Supporting Actress bids, offers a real possibility here. Emma Stone winning would be an almighty shock indeed, but don’t count out Rachel Weisz. OR Olivia Colman for that matter.
Glenn Close is expected to win Best Actress (for “The Wife”), while Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) is tipped to take Best Supporting Actress. However, Colman beat Close at BAFTA and also won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy, so there is clear support there. And King has had a rocky awards season so far. She won the Critics’ Choice award and the Golden Globe, but she was snubbed at SAG and at BAFTA. Weisz may not have won at the former (Oscar snubbed Emily Blunt prevailed for “A Quiet Place”), but she did win at the latter. And there is a clear trajectory for Weisz turning that BAFTA win and SAG miss into an Oscar win, a la Mark Rylance.
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