By now we’ve all heard the tale of how that little statue came to be known as “Oscar” (“He looks just like my uncle Oscar!”) and whether it’s true or not it’s just yet another testament to the fact that we love to make comparisons.
Today, in honor of the 83rd Academy Awards we bring you Cindy Murphy’s Oscar Doppleganger Diptychs starting with the most nominated of the bunch . . .
Woody Allen has won three Academy Awards and been nominated a total of 21 times. He has more screenwriting Academy Award nominations than any other writer and is tied for fifth all-time with six Best Director nominations.
Dame Jude Dench has been successful on the stage and screen (both large and small). Theatre goers celebrated her work in The Royal Shakespeare Company where roles included Lady MacBeth; she’s taken over the role of M in the new Bond franchise appearing in six films and she was the beloved Jean (Pargetter) Hardcastle for nine seasons on the long running BBC television series As Time Goes By.
Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Elizabeth I in the film Shakespeare in Love.
Hillary Swank got her first Oscar nomination (and win) for portraying Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry in 1999. She quickly followed up this stunning performance with another one; garnering another Best Actress Oscar for playing a boxer in Clint Eastwood’s 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. Her two time nomination and win lead to her now famous and oft-quoted remark: “I don’t know what I did in this life to deserve this. I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.”
Congratulations to all the nominees this year! And remember, we’re all winners. Even those of us watching at home . . .