Tie for Best Sound Editing Oscar: Has It Happened Before?

By Jennifer Abbey

Feb 24, 2013 10:49pm
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One of the biggest surprises of Oscar night was when Mark Wahlberg announced there was a tie for Best Sound Editing between “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall.”

Which sparked the question, can there really be a tie at the Oscars?

Surprisingly enough, ties have happened before.

The first Oscar tie came in 1949 in the Best Documentary category, which also had a tie in 1986.

In 1969, Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for Best Actress for their roles in “The Lion in Winter” and “Funny Girl” respectively.

The Best Live Action Short Film category ended in a tie in 1994.

In 1932, Fredric March and Wallace Beery tied for Best Actor but it wasn’t a true tie. March, who won for his role in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” actually had one more vote than Beery, who was nominated for “The Champ.” The rule at the time stated that if a nominee came within three votes of the winner, the nominee would also receive the award. Today, only an exact match in votes qualifies as a tie.

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