Trivial Matters #17

Last night I was considering the overlap I’ve been seeing between nominees for Best Picture and the winners for acting. This makes sense, of course; a film considered to be among the best of the year would certainly boast strong performances worthy of recognition. But just as often, films that are not up to Best Picture standards (whatever those are) produce performances that win Oscars…in fact, this might happen more often than not. I’ll check into that.

So I wondered, in how many years have none of the acting winners come from Best Picture nominees, and it turns out only three (two after the introduction of supporting awards):

  • 4th (1930/31)
    • Nominees: Cimarron; The Front PageSkippyEast LynneTrader Horn
    • Best Actor: Lionel Barrymore, A Free Soul
    • Best Actress: Marie Dressler, Min and Bill
  • 42nd (1969)
    • Nominees: Midnight CowboyZHello, Dolly!; Anne of the Thousand DaysButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kind
    • Best Actor: John Wayne, True Grit
    • Best Actress: Maggie Smith, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    • Best Supporting Actor: Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
    • Best Supporting Actress: Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower
  • 68th (1995)
    • Nominees: BraveheartBabeSense and SensibilityApollo 13Il Postino
    • Best Actor: Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas
    • Best Actress: Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking
    • Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects
    • Best Supporting Actress: Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite

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