George Clooney's Problem (But Don't Feel Sorry for Him!)

George Clooney in "The Descendants," left," and "The Ides of March"
George Clooney in "The Descendants," left," and "The Ides of March"
 

THE SLINGSHOT EFFECT: A combination of two great performances in the same year can boost one into the winner’s circle.

1993: Holly Hunter -- As a secretary who conspires with Tom Cruise in The Firm, Hunter earned a supporting nom. But by going period in The Piano, she landed the best actress trophy.

2004: Jamie Foxx -- Playing opposite Cruise in the thriller Collateral brought Foxx a supporting mention. But it was his star turn as Ray Charles in Ray that earned him the gold.

2008: Kate Winslet -- Winslet received Golden Globes for Revolutionary Road (lead) and The Reader (supporting). The Academy gave her one nom, for lead in Reader, and she won.

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