By Joey Magidson
Believe it or not, no actor or actress has ever won an Academy Award for a performance in a film directed by Steven Spielberg. It’s an incredible dry spell, but this Oscar drought should end this weekend. Lincoln is poised to at least score Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, if not Tommy Lee Jones for Supporting Actor and Sally Field for Supporting Actress as well. Day-Lewis is a lock, while Jones is a 50-50 proposition at this point and Field is almost assuredly losing. This won’t suddenly mean that Spielberg is King Midas for actors, but the tide is definitely turning at last.
This change got me thinking about the best performances induced from actors by Spielberg that resulted in nods but no wins. It’s an odd statistic since the Academy often goes out of its way to nominate his movies. Sometimes it’s merely for the technical prowess of the work, but on a number of occasions, the Academy has cited his actors and actresses.
To date, there have been nine instances of actors and actresses in Spielberg’s flicks getting nominated for their work, not counting the Lincoln thespians. Here they are by strength of performance: