The Kate Winslet Rule

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The Kate Winslet Rule

A performance can receive points in only one category:
Leading or Supporting.

Which category that is, is determined by the chronological first award on the Calendar that mentions that performance (as winner, runner-up or nominee)

Once the category is determined, that performance can only
receive points if:

  • it's nominated or runner-up in the determined category
  • it wins an award, no matter in which category it wins
  • it receives a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild, no matter in which category it's nominated.

    (The performance receives no points if it's nominated or runner-up in the 'wrong' category.)

  • Exceptions If that first award is the only mention in a particular category (e.g. leading actress) and there are four mentions in the other (e.g. supporting actress), the category changes (e.g. to supporting actress). Two leading actress mentions can only be changed by 8 supporting actress mentions. Three leading actress mentions can only be changed by 12 supporting actress mentions, etc.

    An award does not determine the category if:
  • an award goes to different actors in one film.
  • the award's group doesn't have a separate award for supporting performances.



  • Here's a list of the actors and actresses who's performance got mentions in different categories:

    2010
    Lesley Manville, Another Year
    Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

    2009
    None.

    2008
    Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
    Dev Platel, Slumdog Millionaire
    Kate Winslet, The Reader

    2007
    Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

    2006
    Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Departed

    2005
    Maria Bello, A History of Violence
    Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale

    2004
    None.

    2003
    Jeff Bridges, Seabiscuit
    Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider
    Patricia Clarkson, The Station Agent
    Hope Davis, American Splendor
    Benecio Del Toro, 21 Grams
    Scarlett Johansson, Lost in Translation

    2002
    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago

    2001
    Cate Blanchett, Bandits
    Jim Broadbent, Iris
    Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind
    Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast
    Ian McKellan, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Billy Bob Thornton, Bandits
    Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive

    2000
    Benicio Del Toro, Traffic
    Kate Hudson, Almost Famous

    1999
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Flawless
    Julianne Moore, An Ideal Husband

    1998
    Ian Bannen, Waking Ned Devine
    Michael Caine, Little Voice
    David Kelly, Waking Ned Devine

    1997
    Joan Allen, The Ice Storm

    1996
    Nathan Lane, The Birdcage
    Courtney Love, People vs. Larry Flint
    William H. Macy, Fargo
    Kirsten Scott Thomas, The English Patient


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