List of Married Oscar Winners and Nominees

Posted in Art and Culture

Only three times have married couples (husband-wife) had acting Oscars:

  • Laurence Olivier, Best Actor for Hamlet (1948), and Vivien Leigh, Best Actress for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Gone With the Wind (1939)
  • Paul Newman, Best Actor for The Color of Money (1986), and Joanne Woodward, Best Actress for The Three Faces of Eve (1957) - Newman also directed Woodward to her second Best Actress nomination for his Best Picture-nominated film Rachel, Rachel (1968)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Supporting Actress for Chicago (2002), and husband Michael Douglas, Best Actor for Wall Street (1987)  

There are others (girlfriend/boyfriend) who are close to (or have achieved) the same milestone:

  • Amy Madigan, Best Supporting Actress for Twice in a Lifetime (1985), and Ed Harris, nominated four times (1995, 1998, 2000, 2002) [Note: Harris directed himself to a Best Actor nomination for Pollock (2000)]
  • Susan Sarandon, Best Actress for Dead Man Walking (1995) (directed by her Best Director-nominated husband (unofficial live-in) Tim Robbins); Robbins won Best Supporting Actor for Mystic River (2003); earlier, Sarandon was married to Chris Sarandon, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • Others: Jack Nicholson-Anjelica Huston, Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn, Al Pacino-Diane Keaton, and William Hurt-Marlee Matlin

Five married couples have earned acting nominations in the same year (three times, a husband-and-wife team have been nominated for the same picture):

  • Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Best Actor and Best Actress nominations for The Guardsman (1932)
  • Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations for Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Best Actor and Best Actress nominations for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • Frank Sinatra, Best Supporting Actor nomination for From Here to Eternity (1953), and Ava Gardner, Best Actress nomination for Mogambo (1953)
  • Rex Harrison, Best Actor nomination for Cleopatra (1963), and Rachel Roberts, Best Actress nomination for This Sporting Life (1963)  

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