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Blanchett sets another first

January 22, 2008 |  9:22 am

After becoming the first actor to win the Oscar for playing another Academy Award winner (as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," 2004), Cate Blanchett is now the first woman in Oscar history to be nominated twice for playing the same role, following up on her 1998 best actress nod for "Elizabeth" with this year's recognition for her work in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."

Four actors have pulled off this feat, though only two of them picked up Oscars for their efforts. The first was Bing Crosby who won the best actor award in 1944 for playing Father O'Malley in "Going My Way" and got a nod the following year for "The Bells of St. Mary's." While Paul Newman lost his first bid as "Fast" Eddie Felson in "The Hustler" in 1961, he won his only Oscar twenty-five years later for reprising the role in "The Color of Money." Peter O'Toole lost the second and third of his eight nods for playing King Henry II in "Beckett" (1964) and "The Lion in Winter" (1968). And Al Pacino lost twice as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather Part II" (1974).


Should Blanchett win supporting actress for playing Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There," she would be only the second actor to win an Oscar for playing a person of the opposite sex following the success of Linda Hunt with "The Year of Living Dangerously" in 1983.

Blanchett is the eleventh performer to be nominated in both lead and supporting categories in the same year. Of the previous ten double nominees, none have won both their races. Four won their supporting bid, three won their lead bid, and three lost both categories.

The supporting winners were: Fay Bainter ("White Banners," supporting win for "Jezebel," 1938); Teresa Wright ("The Pride of the Yankees," supporting win for "Mrs. Miniver," 1942); Barry Fitzgerald (nominated in both categories for "Going My Way," 1944; won supporting); and Jessica Lange ("Frances," supporting win for "Tootsie," 1982).

The lead winners were: Al Pacino (lead win for "Scent of a Woman," "Glengarry Glen Ross," 1992); Holly Hunter (lead win for "The Piano," "The Firm," 1993); and Jamie Foxx (lead win for "Ray," "Collateral," 2004).

The double losers have been: Sigourney Weaver ("Gorillas in the Mist," "Working Girl," 1988); Emma Thompson ("The Remains of the Day," "In the Name of the Father," 1993); and Julianne Moore ("Far From Heaven," "The Hours," 2002).