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

Simone

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
119 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/23/02
performer
Catherine Keener, Al Pacino, Rachel Roberts, Jay Mohr, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Jason Schwartzman, Evan Rachel Wood
director
Andrew Niccol
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Andrew Niccol
genre
Comedy, Drama

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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