There have been several ties in Academy Awards voting
1949 (22nd) DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject)
A Chance to Live
So Much for So Little
1968 (41st) ACTRESS
Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter
Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl
1986 (59th) DOCUMENTARY (Feature)
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got
Down and Out in America
1994 (67th) SHORT FILM (Live Action)
Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life
2012 (85th) SOUND EDITING
Zero Dark Thirty
But in 1932, two gentlemen shared the Oscar for Best Actor even though one of them had more votes than the other.
At the 5th Academy Awards, Fredric March who starred in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Wallace Beery who starred in The Champ “tied” even though Mr. March had one more vote than Mr. Beery.
They both received Oscars that night because the rules at that time stated that if an achievement came within three votes of the winner, then both would receive the award.
That rule was soon altered and subsequent ties were true ties.
Top photo: Wallace Beery, winner, Actor (THE CHAMP); presenter Lionel Barrymore; host Conrad Nagel; and Fredric March, winner, Actor (DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE), at the 1931/32 (5th) Academy Awards banquet.
Middle photo: Lionel Barrymore, Conrad Nagel, and Wallace Beery.
Bottom photo: Oscar-winners Frank Borzage (Directing, BAD GIRL, 1931), Helen Hayes (Actress, THE SIN OF MADELON CLAUDET, 1931), and Fredric March (Actor, DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 1931).
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