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    6 Times When The Academy Awards Ended In A Tie

    The 95th Academy Awards will be announced on March 13, 2023. It is a long-standing tradition of acknowledging and honoring the finest artists worldwide. Moments of victory and defeat may sting the nominees, but it’s pure entertainment for us to watch at home. But there have been a few times the result was a tie.

    Yes, there’s a possibility of joint winners of an Academy Award. It’s a rare instance, six times to be precise. We can only imagine what an instance of confusion it would have been. The first tie happened in 1932, while the most recently occurred in 2013. Here are the six times when the Academy Awards announced joint winners.

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    1932 Best Actor: Fredric March And Wallace Beery

    Fredric March and Wallace Beery were co-winners
    Fredric March and Wallace Beery were the co-winners of the Best Actor Oscar in 1932

    Presenter Norma Shearer handed the statuette to Fredric March. The actor won for his commanding performance in the adaptation of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde‘. Towards the end of the ceremony, it came to people’s attention that Wallace Beery was a close second. The rules dictated that the runner-up was to be awarded as well. Wallace Beery also won Best Actor for ‘The Champ,’ marking the first time there were joint winners.

    1950: Best Documentary (Short Subject): ‘A Chance To Live’ And ‘So Much So Little’

     'A Chance to Live' And 'So Much So Little' settled for the first official tie at the Academy Awards
    A Chance to Live‘ and ‘So Much So Little

    Technically, the first tie happened at the Oscars in 1950. The category was the Best Documentary (Short Subject), where the joint winners were ‘A Chance to Live‘ and ‘So Much So Little.’ Directed by James L. Shute, the previous was a part of Time Inc.’s ‘The March of Time‘ newsreels. ‘So Much So Little‘ was a 10-minute animated film chronicling America’s decaying healthcare system. It was directed by the veteran cartoonist Chuck Jones.

    1969 Best Actress: Katherine Hepburn And Barbra Streisand

    Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for the Best Actress trophy
    Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand won the Academy Award in 1969

    This is one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Academy Awards. Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand (them 61 and 26) won the Oscar with a tie of 3030 votes each. Hepburn won the Best Actress trophy for ‘The Lion In Winter.’ Streisand won her first and only Oscar for ‘Funny Girl.’

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    1987 Best Documentary Feature: ‘Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got’ And ‘Down And Out In America’

    'Artie Shaw: Time is All You've Got' And 'Down and Out in America.' tied in 1987 Oscars
    Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got‘ and ‘Down and Out in America.’

    Oprah Winfrey announced the name of the joint winners for the documentaries ‘Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got‘ and ‘Down and Out in America.’ Brigitte Berman’s ‘Artie Shaw‘ was about a jazzman who served in the South Pacific during the second world war. ‘Down And Out‘ by Lee Grant was a thoughtful examination of poverty in America.

    1995: Best Short Film (Live Action): ‘Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life’ And ‘Trevor.’ 

    Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life‘ and ‘Trevor‘ shared the Academy Award in 1995

    Peter Capaldi, of a pre ‘Doctor Who‘ fame, directed the short film starring Richard E. Grant as Franz Kafka. The film was about the troubles Kafka faced to come up with the beginning of his masterpiece ‘Metamorphosis.’ ‘Trevor‘ follows a young gay teenager who worships at the altar of Princess Diana.

    This fascination would lead to the establishment of Project Trevor. It’s an LGBT organization focusing on suicide prevention among young people. Both excellent short films shared the golden trophy.

    2013 Best Sound Editing: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ And ‘Skyfall’

    The Academy Award for 2013 Best Sound Editing: 'Zero Dark Thirty' And 'Skyfall.'
    Zero Dark Thirty‘ And ‘Skyfall.’ won the Best Sound Editing Academy Award in 2013

    The last tie in living memory happened in 2013. The Academy Award for Best Sound Editing was announced by Mark Wahlberg and his trash-talking teddy bear. To everyone’s surprise, the award was a tie between Paul N.J. Ottosson (Zero Dark Thirty) and Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers (Skyfall).

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    Shaurya Thakur
    Shaurya Thakur
    Shaurya Thakur is a Content Writer at First Curiosity, who, in his personal time, is writing the greatest "overcoming post-academic slump existential crises" story. His current obsessions are John Cassavetes and Jack Kerouac; musically, he belongs to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

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