Writing this brief article, my modesty won’t make me company. On Sunday while watching the Oscars 2013 and live tweeting everything about it, many in the Twitter universe gasp for a second after Mark Wahlberg accompanied by TED said the word “TIE” for the Best Sound Editing Award.
I have to be honest that I have studied the Oscars for a very long time. I know about the naked man running during live ceremony, about the scandal when a native american woman receive the Oscar in behalf of Marlon Brando and the reactions towards Vanessa Redgrave political speech when she won Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her role in Julia (1977).
So when Wahlberg announced the tie, I thought “It is possible but it has been a while.”
It has been 18 years since the last tie took place in the Academy Awards. Four of the six occasions has occurred in technical categories.
- 1949: “A Chance to Live” and “So Much for So Little” tied for Best Documentary Short.
- 1986: “Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got” and “ Down and Out in America” tied for Best Documentary Feature.
- 1995: Franz Kafka’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Trevor” tied for Best Live-Action Short.
- 2013: “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall” tied for the Best Sound Editing.
In the two remaining scenerarios, the ties have taken place in the categories for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Leading Role.
- 1931-32, when Fredric March and Wallace Beery tied for Best Actor for “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and “The Champ.“
- 1968: Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn tied for Best Actress for “Funny Girl” and “The Lion in Winter,” respectively.
Note: This has been Barbra Streisand only Oscar for his work as an actress. She has a second Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for her movie “A Star is Born” next to Kris Kristofferson. In the ceremony of 1969, Katherine Hepburn didn’t attend to the Oscars so Barbra could give her acceptance speech without sharing the mic..almost.