In the history of Academy Awards, there have been few siblings duo who have managed to come out on top. This list comprises of sibling duos, both of whom have managed to win the maximum number of Oscars. Now, how many pair of siblings can boast of winning an Oscar each. These ten Favourite Siblings Duo have won more Oscars than any other siblings duo.
Oscar’s 10 Favourite Siblings Duo.
10. James & William Goldman
The Goldman brothers consists of James Goldman, an American screenwriter and playwright, and William Goldmen an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. They have collectively won 3 Academy awards out of three nominations, which means a 100% success track record. Out of three Oscars, James has won one, while the other two have been won by William. James won the first Oscar in 1968 for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘The Lion in Water’. The very next year, in 1969, his brother William won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’. In 1976, William again won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘All the President’s Men’.
9. Bub & John Asman
Next on line of Favourite Siblings Duo is the Asman brothers – In 1995, John Asman won the Honorary academy award in the field of technical achievement. His brother, sound editor Bub Asman won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing for ‘Letters from Iwo Jima in 2006. In 2014, Bub again won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing for ‘American Sniper’. Thus they have collectively won three Oscars out of five nominations, although all five nominations belong to Bub only.
8. Neil & Chris Corbould
At number eight comes the Corbould brothers consisting of British special effects supervisor Neil Corbould and British special effects coordinator Chris Corbould. While Neil won two Oscars out of four nominations, Chris has won one Oscar out of two nominations. The first Oscar came in 2001 for Neil for Best Visual Effects for ‘Gladiator’. The second Oscar came for Brother Chris in the year 2010 for the same category for ‘Inception’. The third Oscar came for Neil again in 2013 for ‘Gravity’. Collectively, they have won 3 Oscars out of six nominations.
7. Denis & Terry Sanders
The Sanders brothers comes at seventh place in this list of Favourite Siblings Duo. The American brothers consist of filmmaker Terry Sanders and film director, screenwriter and producer Denis Sanders. Their first Oscar came together when they won the Oscar for Best Short Subject, Two-reel for ‘A Time Out of War’ in 1954. 40 years later, in 1994, Terry won the Oscar for Best Documentary, Features for Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision’. Denis won another Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subjects for ‘Czechoslovakia 1968’ in the year 1969. So, they have collectively won three out of six nominations.
6. Joan Fontaine & Olivia de Havilland
English-American actresses and Sisters Joan Fontaine & Olivia de Havilland have collectively won three Oscars out of eight nominations. In 1941, both the sisters were nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Joan for ‘Suspicion’ and Olivia for ‘Hold Back the Dawn’. In the end, it was Joan who bagged the Oscar. A couple of years after Olivia won her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘To Each His Own’ in 1946 and four years later, bagged another Oscar for the same category for ‘Heiress’. They are so far, the most felicitated pair of sisters in the history of Academy Awards.
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5. Warren Beatty & Shirley MacLaine
American actor, producer, screenwriter and director Warren Beatty and American film, television and theatre actress, singer, dancer, activist and author Shirley Maclaine are one of Oscar’s Favourite Siblings Duo, having collectively won three Oscars out of nineteen nominations. The first Oscar came for Warren in the year 1981, when he won the Oscar for Best Director for ‘Reds’. Two years later, in 1983, his sister, Shirley won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 2000, Warren also won an Honorary Academy award – Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Shirley has won one Oscar out of six nomination while Warren has won one Oscar out of thirteen nomination and an Honorary award.
4. Ethan & Joel Coen
American film directors, screenwriters, producers, and editors and brothers Ethan and Joel Coen are two of Film industry’s most celebrated directors. They always work together and have together won four Oscars out of thirteen nominations. Their first Oscar came in 1996, when they won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Fargo’. They received their next three Oscars in a single year, in 2007 for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. They are one of those rare sibling duos who have won Oscars by working together.
3. Herman & Joseph Mankiewicz
At number 3 comes the Mankiewicz brothers consisting of film director, screenwriter, and producer Joseph Mankiewicz and screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. The American sibling duo have collectively won five Oscars out of eleven nominations. Joseph has won four Oscars out of nine nominations, while Herman has won one Oscar out of two nominations. Herman won the first Oscar in the year 1941 for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Citizen Kane’. Joseph won two Oscars in 1949 for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘A Letter to Three Wives’. The next year, in 1950, Joseph bagged two other Oscars for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘All About Eve’. Well, that is one record of winning four Oscars in two years and winning two Oscars back to back in consecutive years, that too, in the same category. That is one record which is very hard to break!
2. Lionel & Alfred Newman
At number two comes to Newman brothers, consisting of American conductor, pianist, and film and television composer Lionel Newman and American composer, arranger, and conductor of film music, Alfred Newman. They have collectively won ten Oscars out of Fifty-six nominations –the maximum collective nominations by any pair of sibling duo! Out of these, Alfred has won nine Oscars out of forty-five nominations, while Lionel has won one Oscar out of eleven nominations. Alfred won his first Oscar in 1938 for Best Music, Scoring for ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ and it was followed by wins in 1940, 1943, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1967. Alfred’s forty-three nominations were for Best Original and two were for Original Song. Lionel won his Oscar for Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture for ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in 1969.
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1. Douglas & Norma Shearer
Topping the list of Favourite Siblings Duo is Canadian-American sibling duo – The Shearers, consisting of sound designer and recording director Douglas Shearer and actress Norma Shearer. They have collectively won fifteen Oscars out of thirty-three nominations. Of these, Norma won one Oscar out of five nominations, while Douglas has won fourteen Oscars out of twenty-eight nominations. Interestingly, both of them started winning Oscar together in 1930, Norma for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘The Divorcee’ and Douglas for Sound for ‘The Big House’. Throughout his career, Douglas went on to win thirteen more Oscars for both Sound and Special effects. No doubt, they are Oscar’s most celebrated sibling duo!
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