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    I’ve been fascinated lately by the history of lone nominees in major categories (for example, the last year we didn’t have a lone screenplay nominee was 2000… let’s see if that stat gets broken this year with that 5th Adapted slow though) and especially with the acting categories. Where else do you get a group of movies that includes everything from Gone Girl to Tropic Thunder to Wild at Heart to Richard Jewell to Saturday Night Fever – I could go on. Anyway, I was recently looking through to find out how many years don’t have any lone acting nominations and was surprised by how few there were. By my count, the only years (film years, not ceremony years) without a single one are:

    • 2013
    • 1981
    • 1959
    • 1945
    • 1939
    • and 1934

    In total I count 259 instances of lone acting nominees across all 92 years, but it’s still not something that I would’ve thought of as an almost statistically guaranteed thing, and yet it’s happened in 93% of all ceremonies.

    Here’s a full list I compiled, for anyone interested

    https://letterboxd.com/fxckitdude/list/oscar-nominees-lone-acting-nominations/

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    Ooooo, thanks for this statistic. Nice work!

    I’m just going to look at the last 10 years of this to get an impression of how it plays out (I don’t have as much time on my hands as you do) From what I’m seeing over the last decade, it’s apparent that it most often happens in Lead Actress followed by Supporting Actor.

    Coincidentally these are also the only 2 categories where it happens 2 or more times in the same year. Only in 2014 did we see 3 lone lead actresses (Moore, Pike, Cotillard). Over the last 10 years, every lone nominee in Lead Actor and Supporting Actress was an isolated event.

    So this year:
    – Andra Day, Rosamund Pike and Vanessa Kirby (without Burstyn) are the most likely chances of this happening in Lead Actress
    – Tahar Rahim (without Foster) and Delroy Lindo (without Boseman) are the likeliest in Lead Actor.
    -Maria Bakalova (without Script or Song) and Jodie Foster (without Rahim) are the likeliest in Supporting Actress.
    -Bill Murray, Jared Leto (with no Makeup or Score), and Chadwick Boseman (without Lindo) are the likeliest in Supporting Actor.

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    Both stats hold this year! With Andra Day and Vanessa Kirby as the only nominations for their respective films, and with The White Tiger only being nominated for its screenplay, there remains only 6 years with no lone acting nominees, and we enter our 20th consecutive year of having at least one lone screenplay nominee!

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