A doubly impressive debut as a nominee
First-time Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson achieved a rare feat on Monday when she was nominated for two of the acting honors that will be doled out at the 92nd Academy Awards next month.
She received a lead actress nod for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman whose marriage falls apart in Noah Baumbach’s drama “Marriage Story” and a supporting actress nomination as a German mother secretly working against Hitler’s Nazi regime in Taika Waititi’s quirky comedy “Jojo Rabbit.”
Johansson is hardly the first actor recognized in dual acting categories in a single year, though the double nomination in that field hasn’t occurred since Cate Blanchett was recognized for the 2007 films “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and “I’m Not There.” It’s also fairly common to see multihyphenates receive multiple nominations across categories such as directing, writing, producing and other technical fields on a given movie.
Al Pacino, nominated this year as supporting actor for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” achieved acting nods for 1992’s “Scent of a Woman” and “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
More women than men have managed the dual nods, beginning with Fay Bainter in 1938’s “White Banners” and “Jezebel” and including Teresa Wright in 1942’s “The Pride of the Yankees” and “Mrs. Miniver,” Jessica Lange in 1982’s “Frances” and “Tootsie,” Sigourney Weaver in 1988’s “Gorillas in the Mist” and “Working Girl” and Julianne Moore in 2002’s “Far From Heaven” and “The Hours.”
Holly Hunter and Emma Thompson both achieved double nominations for the 1993 films “The Piano” and “The Firm,” and “The Remains of the Day” and “In the Name of the Father,” respectively. Hunter went on to win the actress prize that year.
No one, however, has won both lead and supporting actor accolades in a single year. An academy rule bars multiple nominations for the same performance, which came about after “Going My Way” actor Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for both lead actor and supporting actor. (He won supporting actor for his performance as a priest opposite Bing Crosby in the 1944 film; then the rule was changed.)
Motion picture academy rules also stipulate that a performer cannot be nominated twice in the same category in the same year (e.g., Johansson could not have been nominated for lead actress for both “Marriage Story” and “Jojo Rabbit”). If the same actor gets enough votes to have two performances nominated in a category, the one with fewer votes is disqualified.