This year for the first time in many years four actors from the same film have been nominated in all four of the acting categories for the Oscars.

From the film Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper has been nominated for best actor,  Jennifer Lawrence for best actress, Robert DeNiro for best supporting actor and Jacki Weaver for best supporting actress.

Hello Everybody. MR. Joe Morella and MR. Frank Segers here again. MRS. Norman Maine is out getting her hair done for the Oscar telecast.

We’ve been talking of late of Oscar winners and losers.  Not since 1981 have all four categories of acting been represented from one movie.

This first happened in 1936 when William Powell and Carole Lombard were nominated for Oscars for My Man Godfrey and Misha Auer and Alice Brady garnered best supporting actor nominations for the same film. None of them won.

Through the years 12 more films captured nominations in all four categories. And in eleven of those years at least one of the four nominees won.

Sometimes two of the four won, as was the case with Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed, both supporting for From Here to Eternity, while Burt Lancaster, Monty Clift and Deborah Kerr were overlooked.

In two cases three of the four actually won.  That happened in 1951 when Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter won for Streetcar Named Desire. Marlon Brando lost that year to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen. And again in 1976 when Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight won their Oscars for Network.  Ned Beatty lost best supporting Oscar to Jason Robards in All The President’s Men.

But NEVER, NEVER have all four actors from the same film captured all four Oscars in the acting categories.  Will this year make history? Doubtful.

Still the chances of at least one actor nominated from SilverLinings Playbook winning are quite high.  We’re not Nate Silver, but we’d guess the chance is 84%.

But we mustn’t forget that in 1936 NONE of those nominated won.  In fact My Man Godfrey was nominated in six categories and won zip.

And remember 1950 and the classic Sunset Boulevard. William Holden and Gloria Swanson were nominated for Best Actor Awards — Erich von Stroheim and Nancy Olsen nominated for best supporting actor Awards.  All four lost.

 

 

 

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