By Anjelica Oswald
[WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead for Interstellar.]
Only two times in Oscar history have there been Oscar nominations for two actors playing the same character in the same film. The first time this happened was in 1998 when Kate Winslet received a lead actress nomination for her portrayal of a young Rose in Titanic (1997) and Gloria Stuart received a supporting actress nomination for Old Rose. Winslet did it again in 2002 when she was nominated for her supporting role as Young Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001) and Judi Dench was nominated for her lead role.
More often than not, when there are multiple portrayals of a character in a film, there is a child actor and the adult who gets the more prominent role and the Oscar nomination, such as with Forrest Gump (1994). Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of Forrest Gump, while Michael Conner Humphreys played Young Forrest.
Should Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar meet — or exceed — expectations after its release Nov. 5 or Nov. 7, depending on the theater, Jessica Chastain and Ellen Burstyn could have a shot at becoming the third pair of actresses to receive nominations for playing the same role.
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