A dou­bly im­pres­sive de­but as a nom­i­nee

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Nar­dine Saad

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.

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