John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Oscar followup

Lori has done my legwork for me, pointing me toward an entry at USA Today's Lifeline Live blog:

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie aren't the only thespian twosome to compete for acting trophies in the same year. The last time an acknowledged couple were in the same race was Heath Ledger as a lead and Michelle Williams for supporting in 2005's Brokeback Mountain, notes USA TODAY's Susan Wloszczyna.

As for married couples going after acting honors at the same time, you have to go back a ways in history:

  • Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, both for lead categories in The Guardsmen (1932)
  • Charles Laughton, lead, and Elsa Lanchester, supporting, for Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, both leads, in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • Frank Sinatra, supporting, for From Here to Eternity, and Ava Gardner, lead, for Mogambo in 1953.
  • Rex Harrison, lead for Cleopatra, and Rachel Roberts, lead for That Sporting Life, in 1963.

Can you think of any we missed?

I can't, but I will point out that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were nominated in 1969. But it doesn't count, because Newman's wasn't for acting; he was nominated as producer of one of the Best Picture nominees, Rachel, Rachel.

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