The long kiss Oscar night
At last year’s Oscars, Kate Winslet and Penélope Cruz won the two female Academy Awards for acting. They may have won for inferior work, but both are extremely talented actresses, not to mention two of the most desirable women in the world.
This got me wondering: Has there ever been a pair of Best Actress/Supporting Actress Oscar winners from the same ceremony that you would rather see get smashed and make out with each other at the Governors Ball?
I looked over every pair of female acting Oscar winners from 1936 (when the Supporting Actress category was first offered) to present, and there are only a handful that could compete with the Winslet/Cruz ticket for Best Post-Show Liplock:
—Greer Garson and Teresa Wright (1942): Trust me, this would have been awesome. Garson, the exotic English beauty, and Wright, the porcelain ingénue. The old-timers know what I’m talking about.
—Audrey Hepburn and Donna Reed (1953): The awe-inspiring Hepburn won playing a princess, while the sultry-sweet Reed scored as a prostitute—it pretty much writes itself from there.
—Grace Kelly and Eva Marie Saint (1954): I’m still holding out hope that footage of this will be discovered in some dark corner of Hitchcock’s vaults.
—Halle Berry and Jennifer Connelly (2001): If you don’t understand this, check your pulse. You might be dead.
—Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta-Jones (2002): A Maxim-era redux of the Garson-Wright hookup, with the exotic Welsh beauty Zeta-Jones and the porcelain ex-ingénue Kidman.
The 2010 Oscar nominations will be announced in February, but it’ll be hard to find two “worthy” actresses that could crack this list. They might have to dig deep and nominate Kate Beckinsale for the unwatchable Whiteout and Jessica Biel for the straight-to-DVD dud Powder Blue.
That would be a three-and-a-half-hour show worth watching.