Simone: D. Michaels
Adam Duerson
September 06, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Q In Al Pacino’s ”Simone,” the CGI title character (portrayed by actress Rachel Roberts) is seemingly nominated twice for a Best Actress Academy Award — and ties herself. Could such a tie really bind?

A ”Couldn’t happen,” says the Academy’s Leslie Unger, noting that rules instituted in 1950 bar an actor from being nominated twice in the same category. Nonacting categories allow for multiple mentions: In 2001, Steven Soderbergh garnered a directing nod for ”Erin Brockovich” and won for ”Traffic.” Adds Unger: ”Had he tied himself — and we did consider that — he would have received two statuettes.”

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