Bing Crosby
won the 1944 Best Actor Award for Going My Way
while his costar Barry Fitzgerald won the Best Supporting Actor Award
(see question 21) while also being nominated for Best Actor.

Maximilian Schell
won Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg, beating out
his costar Spencer Tracy.

Peter Finch
won the very first posthumous Best Actor Award (see question 61),
for Network over nominated costar William Holden.

Shirley MacLaine
is the only Best Actress winner to beat her nominated costar,
winning over Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment.

F. Murray Abraham
praised costar Tom Hulce in his acceptance speech for the 1984
Best Actor Award when both were nominated for Amadeus.

Other films that boasted two leading performers nominated in the same category were

  • Mutiny on the Bounty (Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Frachot Tone (see question 25)
  • All About Eve (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter)
  • From Here to Eternity (Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift)
  • Giant (Rock Hudson and James Dean)
  • The Defiant Ones (Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier)
  • Suddenly Last Summer (Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn)
  • Becket (Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole)
  • Midnight Cowboy (Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman)
  • The Turning Point (Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine)
  • Sleuth (Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine)
  • The Dresser (Tom Courtney and Albert Finney)
  • Thelma and Louise (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis)

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