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“But At Least They’ve Got One Already!”

April 25, 2011

What do Sigourney Weaver, Emma Thompson, Julianne Moore, and Cate Blanchett have in common? Well, aside from all of them being phenomenal actresses, they’re also the only people who’ve been nominated for two acting Oscars in a single year and who left the awards show empty-handed! Talk about a rough night!

In 1988, Sigourney Weaver was nominated for Best Actress for playing the late Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist, and for Best Supporting Actress for playing Melanie Griffith’s bitchy corporate boss in Working Girl. Weaver scored big at that year’s Golden Globes, winning awards for both performances. But on Oscar night, she found herself upstaged by Jody Foster (Best Actress for The Accuses) and Geena Davis (Best Supporting Actress for The Accidental Tourist). Well, at least she had two Golden Globes waiting at home.

In 1993, Emma Thompson received nominations for Best Actress for Remains of the Day, and for Best Supporting Actress for In the Name of the Father. Thompson lost to Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin, respectively, for their performances in The Piano.

In 2002, Julianne Moore scored double noms for her work in Far From Heaven and The Hours. She lost Best Actress to her Hours co-star Nicole Kidman (ouch!), and watched Catherine Zeta-Jones dance off with Best Supporting Actress for Chicago.

And in 2007, the always versatile Cate Blanchett found herself nominated for Best Actress for her second turn as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and for Best Supporting Actress for playing Bob Dylan in the trippy biopic I’m Not There. Blanchett lost Best Actress to Marion Cotillard for Ma Vie En Rose and Best Supporting Actress to Tilda Swinton for Michael Clayton

However, all things things considered, Weaver and Moore still come out the biggest losers…since Thompson and Blanchett have actually won Oscars, whereas Weaver and Moore still have not. 

Thompson won Best Actress in 1992 for Howards End, while Blanchett won Best Supporting Actress for her uncanny channeling of Katherine Hepburn in 2004’s The Aviator.

So while people may lump these four ladies in the same two-acting-losses-in-a-single-night category, Weaver and Moore have every right to point an angry thumb at the other two actresses and say: “But at least they’ve got one already!”

Hang in there, Sigourney and Julianne. You ladies may win one yet. After all, Jessica Tandy won her first Oscar when she was 80 years old. (Not that either of you want to wait that long. Still, there’s always hope.)  


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  1. Angie Girl permalink
    April 25, 2011 9:29 pm

    I would have bet money that Sigourney Weaver had won an Oscar already. Of course I probably would have said for ALIEN (jk). But who better to lose to than an 80 year old woman!

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