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Could 2017 Provide Any Oscars Repeats?

The 28-year-old actress who took home the Best Actress award for her work in La La Land only has one project slated for 2017, but it's one that will give her a chance to show a new side of herself.
Oscars Repeats

Emma Stone

The Oscars repeat is exceedingly rare. The list of individuals who won Academy Awards in consecutive years is a small one, with the most noteworthy example probably being Tom Hanks (for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump), or more recently Alejandro G. Inarritu, who won Best Director in 2015 and 2016 (for Birdman and The Revenant, respectively) and some other big modern names have come close. Russell Crowe won Best Actor in 2001 for Gladiator and was nominated the next year for A Beautiful Mind while Meryl Streep has been nominated for Best Actress in consecutive years multiple times. But for the most part, repeat nominations, let alone wins in the same category, are hard to come by.

We probably won't see any at the 2018 Oscars either, but there are actually a few possibilities worth keeping an eye on.

Emma Stone

The 28-year-old actress who took home the Best Actress award for her work in La La Land only has one project slated for 2017, but it's one that will give her a chance to show a new side of herself.

Emma Stone may actually be better positioned for a repeat win than anyone we've seen in several years. The 28-year-old actress who took home the Best Actress award for her work in La La Land only has one project slated for 2017, but it's one that will give her a chance to show a new side of herself. She'll be playing the part of Billie Jean King, a tennis legend who also became an LGBT rights hero and gender equality advocate. The film is called Battle Of The Sexes, and it will tell the story of a '70s match between King and former men's number one player Bobby Riggs (who will be played by Steve Carrell). It has also been pointed out that it got an award season release date. A second consecutive Best Actress nomination seems fairly likely for Stone.

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Casey Affleck

Affleck won the Best Picture award for his role in Manchester By The Sea, and probably isn't winning another in 2018. But it's not uncommon for actors to get a little more consideration after their first wins (or nominations), so don't completely overlook A Ghost Story, Affleck's main project for this year. He plays a ghost (literally just wearing a white sheet) attempting to reconnect with his wife, and his performance has already caught a fair deal of buzz. A win might be a long shot but a nomination isn't necessarily out of the question for Affleck.

Ryan Gosling

Gosling was a bit overshadowed at the 2017 Oscars. As one set of predictions noting official odds for the Oscars noted, Stone was a hot pick, but Gosling was an outsider despite starring alongside her in La La Land. Nevertheless, he was still nominated for Best Actor, and conceivably could be again if Blade Runner 2049 wows critics. This wouldn't amount to a repeat win because he didn't win the first time, but even consecutive nominations in the same category are quite rare. It could be within Gosling's reach.

That pretty much covers the possibilities. Best Supporting Actor/Actress winners Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis don't appear to have much in the works regarding 2017 releases, Best Director winner Barry Jenkins is taking the year off, and so is Best Original Screenplay writer Kenneth Lonergan. Keep an eye on Stone and Gosling in particular. They may be front and center at the Academy Awards for a second year running.