Trivial Matters #10

To date, only twelve performers have won acting Oscars in both lead and supporting categories. At this year’s 87th Academy Awards, only Robert Duvall (Best Actor, Tender Mercies [1983]) is poised to join the list.

Here they are, in order of achievement:

  • Helen Hayes
    • Best Actress, The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931/32)
    • Best Supporting Actress, Airport (1970)
  • Jack Lemmon
    • Best Supporting Actor, Mister Roberts (1955)
    • Best Actor, Save the Tiger (1973)
  • Ingrid Bergman
    • Best Actress, Gaslight (1944)
    • (Best Actress, Anastasia [1956])
    • Best Supporting Actress, Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  • Maggie Smith
    • Best Actress, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
    • Best Supporting Actress, California Suite (1978)
  • Robert de Niro
    • Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II (1974)
    • Best Actor, Raging Bull (1980)
  • Meryl Streep
    • Best Supporting Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    • Best Actress, Sophie’s Choice (1982)
    • (Best Actress, The Iron Lady [2011])
  • Jack Nicholson
    • Best Actor, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    • Best Supporting Actor, Terms of Endearment (1983)
    • (Best Actor, As Good as it Gets [1997])
  • Gene Hackman
    • Best Actor, The French Connection (1971)
    • Best Supporting Actor, Unforgiven (1992)
  • Jessica Lange
    • Best Supporting Actress, Tootsie (1982)
    • Best Actress, Blue Sky (1994)
  • Kevin Spacey
    • Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects (1995)
    • Best Actor, American Beauty (1999)
  • Denzel Washington
    • Best Supporting Actor, Glory (1989)
    • Best Actor, Training Day (2001)
  • Cate Blanchett
    • Best Supporting Actress, The Aviator (2004)
    • Best Actress, Blue Jasmine (2013)

4 thoughts on “Trivial Matters #10

  1. Meryl Streep’s record (and Kevin Spacey’s, if we’re being gender-specific) will be hard to beat. As will Helen Hayes’, I would imagine.

    Who had the closest calls, winning their qualifying awards nearest to their deaths? Who was the youngest at point of completion?


  2. Yes, quite tough! It took so long to happen in the first place because it took a while for Hollywood to grow out of the practice of rigidly separating actors into “lead” and “supporting” players, so I doubt we’ll see someone take 38 years again. As for Meryl Streep’s three year record, no one is really in a position to challenge that at the moment (although I suppose Jennifer Lawrence could tie it if she turns in a great supporting performance this year)–I think that will last for quite some time.

    So far, of the three performers on the list who have died, Ingrid Bergman had the closest call, dying in 1982, just over seven years after receiving her Best Supporting Actress award.

    Meryl Streep was 33 when she won Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice”.


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