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  • Joe Burns
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    It’s been nearly 20 years since we’ve had a film take both Best Actor and Best Actress, with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt winning for As Good As It Gets. The closest we came after that to seeing it happen again was two years later in 1999, when Spacey triumphed in the Best Actor race over Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe, while Annette Benning lost out to Hillary Swank for Boys Don’t Cry. Before 97, I would say 1989 was the closest, with Freeman losing to Day-Lewis and Tandy winning. Anyway, I just discovered it’s only happened 7 times in Oscar’s history, MUCH less then I thought. Obviously, there’s been near misses along the way as I’ve mentioned, but I wonder: Why do you think it’s such a rare occurrence in the Academy’s history? Do you think it will happen again soon? Care to discuss any of the numerous times it’s almost happened?

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    Jake
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    Spreading the votes, I think. Besides, only small percent of films has actually both female and male lead and when female one is getting more attention, male is screwed (Riva > JLT, Lawrence > Cooper, Williams > Gosling, Stone > Gosling, Rampling > Courtenay, Negga > Edgerton etc.).

    Films that I think deserved to win both Best Actor and Best Actress (besides those who actually did):
    “Gone with the Wind” (Leigh [won], Gable)
    “Rebecca” (Fontaine, Olivier)
    “Sunset Blvd.” (Swanson, Holden)
    “The King and I” (Kerr, Brynner [won])
    “The Apartment” (MacLaine, Lemmon)
    “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (Taylor [won], Burton)
    “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (K. Hepburn [won], Tracy)
    or “Bonnie & Clyde” (Dunaway, Beatty)
    or “The Graduate” (Bancroft, Hoffman)
    “The Lion in Winter” (K. Hepburn [won], O’Toole)
    “Anne of the Thousand Days” (Bujold, Burton)
    “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (Jackson, Finch)
    “Chinatown” (Dunaway, Nicholson)
    “Annie Hall” (Keaton [won], Allen)
    “Educating Rita” (Walters, Caine)
    “Broadcast News” (Hunter, Hurt)
    “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (Bassett, Fishburne)
    “Million Dollar Baby” (Swank [won], Eastwood)
    “Walk the Line” (Witherspoon [won], Phoenix)

    Among those when one wasn’t nominated:
    “Roman Holiday” (A. Hepburn [won], Peck)
    “My Fair Lady” (A. Hepburn, R. Harrison [won])
    “Room” (B. Larson [won], J. Tremblay)

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    Jake
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    *(besides those WHICH actually did), sorry

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    It’ll happen again some day, just not this year.

    For what it’s worth, I say Gaslight, Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, Room at the Top, Sunday Bloody Sunday, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Network, Driving Miss Daisy and In the Bedroom should have accomplished this feat.

    Coming soon to The Awards Connection…NICHOLSON AT THE OSCARS!

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    Awardsfan1990
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    It’ll happen again some day, just not this year.

    For what it’s worth, I say Gaslight, Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, Room at the Top, Sunday Bloody Sunday, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Network, Driving Miss Daisy and In the Bedroom should have accomplished this feat.

    Coming soon to The Awards Connection…NICHOLSON AT THE OSCARS!

    One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Network did accomplish that feat.

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