Emma Stone took home her first Oscar just two seasons ago, for Best Actress for “La La Land” (2016), and she might soon find herself not only with a bookend statuette but in a very exclusive group. Back in the running with a supporting campaign for “The Favourite,” Stone could become the seventh woman to win in lead and supporting.
The first six to accomplish this are:
1. Helen Hayes, Best Actress for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1931/32) and Best Supporting Actress for “Airport” (1970)
2. Ingrid Bergman, Best Actress for “Gaslight” (1944) and “Anastasia” (1956), and Best Supporting Actress for “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974)
3. Maggie Smith, Best Actress for “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) and Best Supporting Actress for “California Suite” (1978)
4. Meryl Streep, Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), and Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011)
5. Jessica Lange, Best Supporting Actress for “Tootsie” (1982) and Best Actress for “Blue Sky” (1994)
6. Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for “The Aviator” (2004) and Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine” (2013)
The first three won in lead before claiming supporting trophies, while the most recent three triumphed in supporting before moving up to lead; Stone would fall into the former. She already has a supporting bid under her belt, for “Birdman” (2014), so this would be her third nomination and her first since winning.
Stone is currently third place in our combined odds, recently displacing Claire Foy (“First Man”) to sit behind Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Amy Adams (“Vice”); Foy is in fourth and Stone’s co-star Rachel Weisz is in fifth. One Expert, Keith Simanton (IMDb), is predicting Stone to win.
Armed with great notices for her performance as Abigail Masham, who tries to usurp her cousin Sarah Churchill (Weisz) to be Queen Anne‘s (Olivia Colman) top confidante, Stone fits the profile of a potential two-time winner. She’s young — she turned 30 on Tuesday — and hot and already established with commercial and prestige fare, and she is in the post-win honeymoon period. Lots of stars have nabbed a second Oscar within five years of their first, including Streep, Sally Field (“Norma Rae,” 1979; “Places in the Heart,” 1984), Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry,” 1999; “Million Dollar Baby,” 2004), Jodie Foster (“The Accused,” 1988; “The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991); Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” 1993; “Forrest Gump,” 1994) and Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” 2009; “Django Unchained,” 2012). Mahershala Ali, who won the same night Stone did for “Moonlight” (2016), also finds himself in the same boat as he’s currently the favorite to win again in supporting for “Green Book.”
Still, it’s not easy to win a second Oscar, and Stone could follow a similar road as her good pal Jennifer Lawrence. A year after her Best Actress win for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), Lawrence was in a tight Best Supporting Actress race for “American Hustle” (2013) with Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and ultimately lost to her. Stone is not yet the, well, favorite this year, but maybe like Abigail she could slowly work her way up top.
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