Now, here's my question. How many times has an actor received an Academy Award nomination for a sequel when they were also nominated for the original.
I can think of Al Pacino, but his role in The Godfather: Part II was much different to what it was when he was nominated for the original Godfather two years prior (for Part I he was Supporting, Part II he was Lead).
Other than that, I'm drawing a blank. I'm sure there are some in the early years when a lot of Oscar voting was based purely on who they liked the most. I'm trying to think of sequels that hit even remotely well with Oscar (of which there are very few I believe).
So that leaves me to ponder whether Cate Blanchett getting an Oscar nomination for The Golden Years is as slam dunk as people think. Of course the Elizabeth sequel won't be in play until next year's Oscar season, and Cate has chances for glory this year first. But it's still a puzzling little intrigue.
Anyway, because I can:
1. As 'Queen Elizabeth I' in Elizabeth (1998)
2. As 'Meredith Logue' in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
3. As 'Katherine Hepburn' in The Aviator (2004)
4. As 'Tracy Heart' in Little Fish (2005)
5. As 'Lizzie' in Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997)
All you Cate fans should definitely check out Thank God He Met Lizzie, a great little Aussie rom-com with Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor. Apparently it's called The Wedding Party in the US, which is just revolting. She won both the AFI and the FCCA award for Best Supporting Actress and she wasn't even CATE BLANCHETT at that stage. Anyway, I'm off now. Ciao.