Oscars: Ben and Casey Affleck Among 16 Pairs of Oscar-Winning Siblings

1:05 PM 1/24/2017

by Annie Howard

Casey Affleck won his first Oscar for 'Manchester by the Sea' on Sunday night.

Ben Afleck at the Oscars | Casey Affleck in 'Manchester by the Sea'
Ben Afleck at the Oscars | Casey Affleck in 'Manchester by the Sea'
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Double Oscar winner Ben Affleck and double Oscar-nominated younger brother Casey Affleck have already joined the ranks of many famous Oscar-winning and -nominated families, such as the Coppolas, the Fondas and the Barrymores, but now that Casey has won this year's best actor prize for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, he and Ben will became the 16th Oscar-winning sibling pair in history.

Ben won his first Oscar for 1997's Good Will Hunting, for best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen, an honor he shared with longtime friend Matt Damon (and producer of Manchester by the Sea), and marked his breakthrough as Hollywood superstar. Ben also acted in a supporting role beside Damon, and Casey appeared in a minor supporting role. He won a Golden Globe for best director for 2013's Argo, but failed to gain a best director Oscar nomination, instead taking home the esteemed best picture prize as the film's producer (he also starred in the film). Affleck shares his second Oscar with producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

Casey starred in 2007's Gone Baby Gone, directed by his brother, and earned his first Oscar nomination that year for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in the supporting category. His Manchester nomination (a performance for which he has already won a Golden Globe) marks his first in the best actor category led to his first Oscar win.

(Note: This list does not include honorary Academy Awards.)

  • Lionel Barrymore & Ethel Barrymore

    Lionel Barrymore | Ethel Barrymore
    Lionel Barrymore | Ethel Barrymore
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    Lionel and Ethel were the elder siblings to actor John Barrymore in the notable Barrymore family of the stage and screen. John Barrymore is the father of John Drew Barrymore and grandfather to actress Drew Barrymore. The siblings each have one Oscar in the acting category.

     

    LIONEL BARRYMORE

    Lionel has one best actor Oscar and one best director nomination.

    • A Free Soul (1931) - Best Actor in a Leading Role

     

    ETHEL BARRYMORE

    Younger sister Ethel won one best supporting actress Oscar and earned three additional nominations in the same category.

    • None But the Lonely Heart (1944) - Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Todd Boekelheide & Jay Boekelheide

    'Amadeus' | 'The Right Stuff'
    'Amadeus' | 'The Right Stuff'
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    Todd Boekelheide is a sound mixer, editor and composer and brother Jay is a sound designer and editor. They each have one Oscar and credits include films such as Fight Club, Panic Room and Amadeus.

     

    TODD BOEKELHEIDE

    Todd has one Oscar and one nomination for best sound.

    • Amadeus (1984) - Best Sound

     

    JAY BOEKELHEIDE

    Jay has won one Oscar.

    • The Right Stuff (1983) - Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
  • Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

    Ethan Cohen (L) and Joel Cohen (R) on set of 'No Country For Old Men'
    Ethan Cohen (L) and Joel Cohen (R) on set of 'No Country For Old Men'
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    Famously known as "The Coen Brothers," older brother Joel and younger brother Ethan share their 10 Oscar nominations and four Oscars across the writing, directing, editing and producing categories. Joel is also married to best actress Oscar winner Frances McDormand, who won her Oscar starring in the brothers' breakout film, Fargo.

     

    JOEL COEN

    • Fargo (1996) - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
    • No Country for Old Men (2007) - Best Motion Picture of the Year
    • No Country for Old Men (2007) - Best Achievement in Directing
    • No Country for Old Men (2007) - Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

     

    ETHAN COEN

    • Fargo (1996) - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
    • No Country for Old Men (2007) - Best Motion Picture of the Year
    • No Country for Old Men (2007) - Best Achievement in Directing
    • No Country for Old Men (2007) - Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
  • Chris Corbould & Neil Corbould

    'Gladiator' | 'Inception'
    'Gladiator' | 'Inception'
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    British brothers Chris and Neil Corbould each have impressive careers as visual effects artists, yet they do not share any nominations or wins.

     

    CHRIS CORBOULD

    Chris Corbould has one Oscar and two nominations in the visual effects category.

    • Inception (2010) - Best Achievement in Visual Effects

     

    NEIL CORBOULD

    Younger brother Neil has two Oscars for visual effects and three nominations.

    • Gladiator (2000) - Best Effects, Visual Effects
    • Gravity (2014) - Best Achievement in Visual Effects
  • Julius J. Epstein & Phillip G. Epstein

    'Casablanca'
    'Casablanca'
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    Twin brothers Julius and Phillip Epstein co-wrote the classic film Casablanca for which they won their Oscar. They share their best writing award with Howard Koch.

     

    JULIUS J. EPSTEIN

    Julius Epstein won one Oscar and was nominated three additional times for screenwriting.

    • Casablanca (1942) - Best Writing, Screenplay

     

    PHILLIP G. EPSTEIN

    Phillip won one Oscar.

    • Casablanca (1942) - Best Writing, Screenplay
  • Joan Fontaine & Olivia de Havilland

    Joan Fontaine in 'Suspicion' | Olivia de Havilland in 'To Each His Own'
    Joan Fontaine in 'Suspicion' | Olivia de Havilland in 'To Each His Own'
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    Sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland are the only siblings to ever both win the best acting category.

     

    OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND

    Olivia won two best actress Oscars and earned three Oscar nominations during her career.

    • To Each His Own (1946) - Best Actress in a Leading Role
    • The Heiress (1949) - Best Actress in a Leading Role

     

    JOAN FONTAINE

    Younger sister Joan won one Oscar for best actress and was nominated twice more.

    • Suspicion (1941) - Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • James Goldman & William Goldman

    'The Lion in Winter' | 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'
    'The Lion in Winter' | 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'
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    Screenwriting brothers James and William Goldman each hold prolific catalogs of work including The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Stepford Wives.

     

    JAMES GOLDMAN

    James Goldman won one Oscar during his career.

    • Lion in Winter (1968) - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

     

    WILLIAM GOLDMAN

    Younger brother William has two Oscars.

    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced
    • All the President's Men (1976) - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
  • Wolfgang Lauenstein & Christoph Lauenstein

    'Balance'
    'Balance'
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    German twin brothers Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein share their Oscar for best animated short.

     

    WOLFGANG LAUENSTEIN

    Balance (1989) - Best Short Film, Animated

     

    CHRISTOPH LAUENSTEIN

    Balance (1989) - Best Short Film, Animated

  • Shirley MacLaine & Warren Beatty

    Shirley MacLaine in 'Terms of Endearment' | Warren Beatty at Oscars
    Shirley MacLaine in 'Terms of Endearment' | Warren Beatty at Oscars
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    SHIRLEY MACLAINE

    Actress Shirley MacLaine has one Oscar. She has four best actress Oscar nominations in addition to a best documentary nomination for The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975).

    • Terms of Endearment (1983) - Best Actress in a Leading Role

     

    WARREN BEATTY

    Younger brother Warren Beatty won one Oscar in the directing category. He has been nominated 13 times as an actor, producer, director and screenwriter.

    • Reds (1981) - Best Director
  • Herman Mankiewicz & Joseph Mankiewicz

    'Citizen Kane' | 'All About Eve'
    'Citizen Kane' | 'All About Eve'
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    Screenwriting brothers Herman and Joseph Mankiewicz each wrote some of the most iconic films in American history with Herman's credits including Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz, and Joseph serving as writer and director for All About Eve.

     

    HERMAN MANKIEWICZ

    Herman Mankiewicz won one Oscar and has one Oscar nomination.

    • Citizen Kane (1941) - Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

     

    JOSEPH MANKIEWICZ

    Younger brother Joseph Mankiewicz won four Oscars and was nominated another six times.

    • A Letter to Three Wives (1949) - Best Director
    • A Letter to Three Wives (1949) - Best Writing, Screenplay
    • All About Eve (1950) - Best Director
    • All About Eve (1950) - Best Writing, Screenplay
  • Alfred Newman & Lionel Newman

    'How the West Was Won' | 'Hello, Dolly!'
    'How the West Was Won' | 'Hello, Dolly!'
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    Composing brothers Alfred and Lionel Newman began the legacy of the Newman film composer dynasty. Uncles to Oscar winning composer Randy Newman (Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 3), Alfred Newman is the father of 14-time Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman (nominated this year for the Passengers score) and Oscar-nominated composer David Newman.

     

    ALFRED NEWMAN

    Alfred Newman has nine best score Oscars and an additional 45 nominations in the best score and best original song categories. He is second to John Williams as the most nominated composer in Oscar history.

    • Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) - Best Music, Scoring
    • Tin Pan Alley (1940) - Best Music, Score
    • The Song of Bernadette (1943) - Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
    • Mother Wore Tights (1947) - Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
    • With a Song in My Heart(1952) - - Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
    • Call Me Madam (1953) - Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
    • Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) - Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
    • The King and I (1957) - Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
    • Camelot (1968) - Best Music, Scoring of Music

     

    LIONEL NEWMAN

    Younger brother Lionel Newman has won one Oscar and earned ten additional nominations in the best score and best original song categories.

    • Hello, Dolly! (1969) - Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture
  • Denis Sanders & Terry Sanders

    'A Time Out of War'
    'A Time Out of War'
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    Documentary filmmaking brothers Denis and Terry Sanders shared their first Oscar in the best short category and each went on to win a second Oscar in one of the documentary categories.

     

    DENIS SANDERS

    Denis Sanders won twos Oscars.

    • A Time Out of War (1954) - Best Short Subject, Two-reel
    • Czechoslovakia 1968 (1969) - Best Documentary, Short Subjects

     

    TERRY SANDERS

    Younger brother Terry has two Oscars and three nominations.

    • A Time Out of War (1954) - Best Short Subject, Two-reel
    • Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994) - Best Documentary, Features
  • Douglas Shearer & Norma Shearer

    'Big House' | Norma Shear in 'The Divorcee'
    'Big House' | Norma Shear in 'The Divorcee'
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    DOUGLAS SHEAR

    Sound engineer and special effects artist Douglas Shearer won a total of seven Oscars and earned 14 nominations.

    • The Big House (1930) - Best Sound, Recording
    • Naughty Marietta (1935) - Best Sound, Recording
    • San Francisco (1936) - Best Sound, Recording
    • Strike Up the Band (1940) - Best Sound, Recording
    • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) - Best Effects, Special Effects
    • Green Dolphin Street (1947) - Best Effects, Special Effects
    • The Great Caruso (1951) - Best Sound, Recording

     

    NORMA SHEAR

    The younger Shearer sister and Hollywood star Norma, won the best actress Oscar and earned another five best actress nominations during her career.

    • The Divorcee (1930) - Best Actress
  • Robert B. Sherman & Richard Sherman

    'Mary Poppins'
    'Mary Poppins'
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    Composer brothers Robert B. Sherman and Richard Sherman share their two Oscars and seven nominations in the best music categories for either best original score or best original song.

     

    ROBERT B. SHERMAN

    • Mary Poppins (1964) - Best Music, Original Song
    • Mary Poppins (1964) - Best Music, Substantially Original Score

     

    RICHARD SHERMAN

    • Mary Poppins (1964) - Best Music, Original Song
    • Mary Poppins (1964) - Best Music, Substantially Original Score
  • Paul Sylbert & Richard Sylbert

    'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' | 'Heaven Can Wait'
    'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' | 'Heaven Can Wait'
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    Identical twin brothers Paul and Richard Sylbert worked as production designers, art directors and set decorators in their careers, each winning Oscars for art direction in set decoration.

     

    PAUL SYLBERT

    Paul Sylbert won one Oscar and was nominated one additional time.

    • The Prince of Tides (1991) - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

     

    RICHARD SYLBERT

    Richard Sylbert won two Oscars and was nominated four additional times.

    • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
    • Dick Tracy (1990) - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
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